William “Bill” Irons, Jr
Since the start, Bill has been involved in numerous aspects of the cattle industry including being an owner in the auction business, serving on the board and president of the Livestock Marketing Association based in Kansas City, MO, and owning and managing thousands of cattle with long-time partner Charlie Long. Anyone who knows Bill can relate to his calm and laid-back approach, and his willingness to exploit his unforgettable laugh.
Bill, and his wife Sara, have raised four children: Amanda, Oliver, Molly, and Anny. Bill and Sara now focus most of their time and attention to their first granddaughter Macie. Bill has been very involved over the years as he served on multiple boards for youth and local organizations.
C. Zack Hileman
Zack Hileman is originally from Lexington, Va., where he grew up on a farm with a small commercial cow-calf operation. He was active in 4-H and FFA and showed cattle on the county and state levels. He was a member of 4-H, FFA and collegiate livestock judging teams.
After graduating from Rockbridge County High School, Zack went on to earn a bachelor's degree in animal science from Virginia Tech in 2004. He was hired for an internship with the Bennett Family of Knoll Crest Farms during the winter and spring of 2004.
Zack returned to college to obtain a master's degree in animal science from West Virginia University, graduating with the degree in 2007. His thesis was titled, ‘An analysis of the relationship between performance measures and sale prices among Angus bulls from two different providers.’
He joined Cotton & Associates later that year. In his current position with Cotton & Associates, Zack organizes and coordinates sale cattle information by gathering such details as registration numbers, breeding and calving information and more from Cotton & Associate clients, and then working with the catalog department. He also assists in preparation and execution of select sales.
After managing and leasing several sizable commercial beef cattle farms in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Zack joined Ironsides Farm in the spring of 2013. In his current position with Ironsides, Zack assists in the day to day management of the entire operation.
Zack currently lives in Lewisburg, WV, with his wife, Molly and daughter, Macie.
J.Oliver Irons DVM
Oliver considers himself very fortunate to spend his childhood, adolescence, and early business experience in agriculture, specifically in the cattle industry. He also gained experiences with multiple species as he showed cattle, sheep, swine, and goats as an active 4-H participant. After receiving a B.S. degree in Animal Science and Business from Virginia Tech, Oliver transitioned into a managing partner in the family operated cattle business. Oliver integrated an embryo contract business of raising cattle for purebred farms across the east coast; along with becoming active in brokering live cattle among multiple regions across the country for their own use as well as collaborative effort for export trade. With a desire for superior goals, Oliver decided veterinary medicine was the most relevant field of graduate education to create a more accomplished resume for his future. Oliver spent the next four years receiving a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University in Alabama. During his veterinary education, Oliver took advantage of multiple roles and opportunities through numerous organizations including the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, International Livestock Congress-USA and Canada, American Embryo Transfer Association, and Alpha Psi Professional Veterinary Fraternity. In addition, Oliver embraced multiple opportunities beyond the classroom to further explore different segments of the cattle industry: USDA-Cornell-Plum Island Smith-Kilborne Foreign Animal Disease program, feedlot medicine, Cornell’s Summer Dairy Institute, and spending two months in the bovine export business embarking with a shipment of bovines to Russia.