Robert Hall, Jr. | 2019
Updated: Apr 30
A lifetime of exceptional service to animal agriculture and longtime owner and president of Central Kentucky’s Farmers Feed Mill and its Hallway Feeds brand.
Born | Artist: Richard Steward Halstead (born 1947)
Impact & Accomplishments
Robert Hall Jr., who has been dedicated to animal agriculture for more than 70 years and is the longtime owner and president of Central Kentucky’s Farmers Feed Mill and its Hallway Feeds brand.
After growing up on a family farm in central Kentucky and graduating from the University of Kentucky, Hall lived in New York and managed a purebred Angus Farm, served in the U.S. Army as a veterinary meat inspector and was the beef cattle herdsman at the University of Kentucky’s Coldstream Farm. He and his wife, Bonnie, purchased Farmers Feed Mill, a small feed business in Lexington, KY, in 1964.
Farmers Feed Mill serviced the area’s dairy and beef cattle farms for nearly 30 years and eventually introduced the Hallway Feeds brand to supply Thoroughbred farms and racing stables with custom feeds. Hallway Feeds has fueled 12 of the last 21 Kentucky Derby winners, including Triple Crown heroes American Pharoah and Justify, and at least one winner of every North American Grade 1 race, the highest echelon of the sport. A longtime Suffolk sheep breeder, Hall served a term as president of the National Suffolk Sheep Association.
“Bob is one of the rare individuals who understand and know all types of animal agriculture,” wrote Mike Hancock, a current NAILE Executive Board Member. “Whether it’s cattle, swine, sheep, goats or horses, he understands all phases of production, from securing genetics to formulating rations to maximizing production. He has the capability of assisting a breeder of any species to select their next sire or a foundation female.”
Known far and wide as “Mr. Bob,” Hall lives on the family farm in Scott County, KY, and is a regular presence at the feed mill with his son, Lee, and daughter, Julia, now running the day-to-day operation.
Did You Know?
Hallway Feeds has fueled 13 of the last 22 Kentucky Derby winners, including Triple Crown heroes American Pharoah and Justify, and at least one winner of every North American Grade 1 race, the highest echelon of the sport.
During the Saddle & Sirloin Portrait induction ceremony, Executive Vice President of Business Development, Gray Construction, Jeff Bischoff spoke about “Mr. Bob the teacher;” how he developed a passion for farming starting at 7:30 a.m. with his mentoring, “What would Mr. Bob do?” Told how he, Bischoff decided to work for Mr. Bob instead of college for a semester, expecting to deliver feed at farms. Instead it was Manure Management for Hog Houses. Longest and worst semester. “Mr. Bob, thank you.”
Courtesy of Hallway Feeds