By the 1960s, the Eisenhower herd numbered 100 cows with calves. Today, a herd of 40 to 50 Angus still graze the pastures of the President's farm and the cattle ribbons are displayed on the walls of the show barn.
As you tour the farm, be on the lookout for red-tailed hawks on the fence posts, black vultures circling overhead, and a great blue heron wading in the creek. A migrating bald eagle typically roosts in the trees along the southern edge of the farm every fall. Red fox and racoons are prevalent, and much to the farmers' dismay, there is an abundance of white tail deer and groundhogs. The Eisenhower Farm is also home to state endangered and threatened species including the loggerhead shrike and the least shrew.
Did You Know?
General Dwight D. Eisenhower would have been a sailor if born a year later. He applied to the Naval Academy in 1911, but did not meet the age requirements – he was too old. He was accepted to his second choice, the US Military Academy at West Point.