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Grass-fed, Alabama-born breed raised by Piedmont rancher attracts attention: John Lyons

John Lyons has never been to Hawaii, but his cows have.

Lyons sold seven of his specially-bred, grass-fed South Poll bulls to the 4,000-acre Hana Ranch in Hawaii last year.

In all, the Hawaiian ranch bought 27 South Polls from Lyon’s Piedmont ranch and others, trucked them to California, flew them to Honolulu then loaded them on a barge to Maui.

“They paid trucking,” Lyons said. “There’s not many people that do what we do … This is what I’m passionate about.”