Farmers on the Rise, Bradley & Kacie Bachman
Farm Credit awarded a total of $100,000 to beginning farmers through the Farmers on the Rise Award Program on December 7, 2023. Bradley and Kacie Bachman of Lebanon County, PA are one of ten recipients.
Bradley and Kacie Bachman jointly operate Bachman Equine LLC, an equine recovery facility in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania. Their operation, founded in 2018, offers specialized medical care and attention for horses requiring a quiet environment to rest, heal, and rejuvenate. They collaborate with owners and veterinarians to provide much-needed lay-up services for racehorses and brood mares to decompress and recuperate from physically demanding lifestyles. Kacie holds a veterinary technician license and draws upon experience gained while working in equine vet practices to care for her boarders.
They are planning to upgrade their bank barn by installing automatic, heated waterers, which would provide a consistent supply of fresh, temperature regulated water as well as reduce the workload of filling tubs with hoses and breaking ice during winter months. Additionally, Kacie and Bradley would like to purchase two large hay feeders for their horses to use during turnout. The feeders simulate natural grazing habits through a slow-feed process that also greatly reduces hay waste.