A different cattle call | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | April 20, 2017 5:00 pm
Last Updated: April 19, 2017 at 10:25 am
About two years ago, Walker Moore turned the page.
“Growing up here in the Lowcountry, I learned a lot about farming. Then I went away for a while — I got into the film industry,” Moore explained.
He ended up spending approximately 25 years in the film industry, traveling the world making movies.
“Prince of Tides” was the first movie he worked on, shortly followed by “Forrest Gump.” He then returned home to work on “Radio.”
His role in movie making was in transportation, first as a driver and then as a coordinator. The job involved moving the people and equipment from A to B, from set to set.
“You end up being in the middle of everything, working with producers, directors, actors and actresses,” Moore said.
As he approached a half a century of life, Moore decided to come home. “You go through life in different stages, doing different things.
“I had the opportunity to travel the world.” That experience allowed him to look at his hometown with a fresh perspective, “seeing the potential we have in this town.”
But that fresh perspective does not involve rose-colored glasses. “I’d like to see Walterboro do a lot more than what we are doing. Walterboro has such potential; I don’t want to see us lose that potential,” he said.
The mass interviews of extras to flesh out a movie is known in the movie business as a “cattle call.” Now it is Moore calling the cattle on a daily basis.
His desire to return to his roots, his desire to play a role in seeing his hometown progress, eventually led Moore, property manager, to begin building Chessie Creek Farm.
Two years ago, “I started with nothing.” The farm started as one project: cutting timber. Moore said his plan was to “see how it goes and keep going.”
That is a concept he learned from his grandfather, Boots Fishburne. “My grandfather was a good believer in that. He would come up with a project and just kept going.”
Moore logged, cleared and pastured about 500 acres and built two buildings. He started with eight cows. Why cattle? Growing up on a farm, Moore said, “I always had a thing about cows.”
“Right now, we have got about 650 acres,” Moore said, the new pastures now home to a herd of 227 Angus cattle.
It is going to be a couple of years, he said, before he will be ready to take his beef to market. “We are still in the genetics end of it.”
“We are getting our genetics compatible with the meat market today. We are going to do all grass fed beef, high quality beef,” Moore said. “Our goal is to breed 600-700 head of cattle.”
His days as a cattle rancher are filled with tasks that need to get done. But his experience in handling the logistics of making movies is helpful.
“Film production is fast, time is money,” Moore said. “You have to keep moving to get things done.”
Cattle ranching, he said, does not have the same press of time. “It is a more relaxing quality of life than what I had,” he said.
“I’m not an expert at all. I am just getting started. But I really enjoy it. It is not something I ever thought I would be doing. It is a passion for me.”
He finds it even more satisfying because “you are creating it on your own.”