Appling Co. Living 2015 - Page 47

The first month after he gained ownership of Country Proud, Folsom and his new team sold 45 new units, making Country Proud (the name change to Woody Folsom didn’t take place until a few months later) one of the fastest turn around dealerships under new ownership in the history of General Motors. Since that time all of Woody’s dealerships continue to break records and set the pace for all other dealerships in the Southeast. When Woody purchased the former Sapp Ford in Baxley, in the fall of 2011, Woody assembled a new team and took the dealership from 47th to number one in the Southeast the first month. When Woody isn’t helping customers find just the right car or managing his 200 plus employees, he likes to spend time on his farm. “When I start to get burnt out, I go to the farm and look at the cows or get on the tractor to get my mind off of things,” Folsom says. Folsom mainly farms cattle and hay and also has some horses. Currently, he is raising approximately 450 regular Brahman and Longhorn Brahman. According to the American Brahman Breeders Association, the American Brahman was the first cattle breed in the United States bred specifically for beef. They were originally created by cross breeding a number of different cattle breeds that imported from India in 1900. Because of their ability to adapt to any weather climate and their ability to be successfully cross bred, they have since become one of the most popular breeds in America. Though Folsom no longer lives on the farm, he was raised on a small part of the farm he now owns. As a young boy, his parents purchased a 50 acre farm on Phillippi Church Road. As he got older and adjoining farms became available for purchase, Folsom purchased these farms and now owns over 1500 acres of farm land in Appling County. Folsom sells his cows to individual farmers for breeding. He says that his favorite thing about having the farm is “being able to produce a quality workable cow.” Most of the hay that he grows is used to feed his cattle, however, he does provide a small amount to Williams Dairy. Folsom employs three full time employees on the farm including a ranch manager who takes care of the horses and cows. Folsom also allows schools to bring children out to the farm for field trips and plans to open up his own stock yards. Because of their ability to adapt to any weather climate and their ability to be suc