About Us

This is our story.

We are The Sessoms Family from Bennett, North Carolina.  Bennett is a small town in Chatham County nestled in the center of the state.  We like to tell people we are about an hour from everywhere.  Both of us were born and raised in Chatham County.  We grew up together, attended the same school from grade school through high school, but didn't start dating until after college. Once we started dating we knew it was meant to be, and married a little of a year later.  With us both growing up on small cattle farms ourselves, it was always our dream to raise our children on a farm, the way we were raised.  Our childhoods spent on the farm are what made us into the people we are today.  They taught us the value of hard work, how to love and appreciate the land, and that at the end of the day it's not about how much money you've made, but the joy and satisfaction that it gives.  Thanks to God's grace here we are raising our two daughters, Annie Blake and Oakley, on our own farm which will hopefully instill those same life lessons in them.

We first started as a commercial cow/calf operation when we purchased the farm in 2016.  In 2020 we purchased our first registered stock in both the Brahman and Brangus breed.  We chose the Brahman and Brangus breed because our best commercial cow was a Brahman influenced cow that always brought the best looking and heaviest calf to the pen at weaning every single year.  When we first started looking to purchase registered Brangus, we noticed there were only a few breeders in our area. After meeting with those folks, and talking to them about the growth of the breed in our region, we made the decision to become Registered Breeders ourselves to help increase the availability in our region for the commercial buyers that preferred to use Brangus and Ultrablack bulls in their herds. Our decision was much the same when it came to Brahman, there weren't a lot of options in our area, and for the breed growing in popularity we saw it as another opportunity to fill a gap in our area. Since then, we have grown our herds by focusing on bringing in new genetics, and relying heavily on Artificial insemination and Embryo Transfers to keep a steady flow of new genetics into our own herd, and our region. We love the qualities that brahman and brahman influenced cattle introduce into cattle herds. Heat tolerance, parasite resistance, maternal merit, and hybrid vigor just to name a few, are the qualities that we feel truly set these breeds apart and make them so well adapted to our environment.

This journey is truly just beginning for our small family operation, and we couldn't be more excited that you are interested in the genetics that we have to offer.


The story behind "Pine Knot"

We're often asked, "What's Pine Knot"? The story behind our name stems from where it all began, purchasing the farm. After searching for many months for the perfect piece of property we had found a perfect fit.  The new survey that was required when buying the property did not match with the original survey that was completed in the early 1900s. In order to purchase the property, an agreement had to be met on which pine knot was the property corner identified on the original survey. "What's a pine knot you might ask?" A pine knot is a part of a pine tree's root system that is left when a tree dies.  It takes many years for the pine knot itself to deteriorate, which is why it was often used as a surveying marker for property's years ago.  Without an agreement, purchasing the property would not have been possible.  We like to tell people that us living where we do now would not have been possible if it wasn't for the agreement on a pine knot.