Meat the Team

It all starts with our favorite rancher – Charles Barham

Charles Barham grew up in Ozark, Arkansas, and was an Honors Graduate from Arkansas Tech University in Russellville.  He had planned to be a Forest Ranger, but the cows won him over! Charles started his cattle business buying one or two baby calves at a time.  He built each baby calf its own pen in his parent’s backyard in Ozark and bottle fed each one 3 bottles of milk a day. When he had seven or eight big calves ready to sell, he took them to the local sale barn and sold them to buy three mama cows for the first time. This cycle continued until Charles’ herd grew to 30 cows.

Once Charles had proven himself as a cattle operator, he decided to expand and bought his first farm – 60 acres.  As the operation continued to grow, Charles continued to purchase and lease more land and raise more cattle. His farms now total over 500 acres, and his beautiful Ozark farmland is home to hundreds of cattle.

Beginning in the Fall of 2019, Charles entered the farm-to-table market alongside his stepson, Ed Linck. He now sells handpicked calves, fed only improved pasture, sweet potatoes and chopped corn, to families across Arkansas. 

Charles has come a long way since bottle feeding his calves in his parents’ back yard! His experience and joy of raising cattle shows in his daily work. His mission is to produce the finest beef in the region. You’ll taste the difference with Barham’s Ozark Beef.

Charles is married to Lynda Barham (aka The Farmer’s Wife). They have two sons (Edwin and Preston) and two daughters (Holly and Heather). They live in Conway, AR, but you’ll typically find Charles on the farm in Ozark!

Enter the world’s first “Chief Beef Snob” – Ed Linck

Originally from Conway, Arkansas, Ed joined the world of entrepreneurship in 2019 as co-founder of Barham’s Ozark Beef alongside his wife Mariana Linck. The couple partnered with Ed’s parents and long-time cattle ranchers, Charlie and Lynda Barham, to provide customers with premium quality, humanely raised, all-natural, sweet potato fed beef. With Ed’s leadership and vision, the family-owned business has quickly become a top producer for locally sourced beef in Arkansas.

Ed’s previous professional experience in organizational management, marketing, sales, logistics, and commercial real estate, has equipped him for the many challenges that inherently come with starting, growing, and operating a small family business. Mariana, who has a PhD in Materials Science from UC San Diego and works full-time in medical device regulations at BSI Group, provides Barham’s Ozark Beef with key strategic advice and adds valuable input when making important business decisions. The business duo married in June 2015. They have a 5-year-old daughter, Catalina, and welcomed Lucille in January of 2022.

When you interact with Barham’s Ozark Beef, you’ll most likely be conversing with Ed. He answers the phone calls, emails, social media messages, and works the booth at local markets. His job duties also include website design, social media management, marketing, public relations, logistics, ecommerce, and sales. Ed volunteers on the board of directors of the Conway Farmer’s Market and is a member of the Conway Noon Rotary Club. He works tirelessly to ensure you have a great customer experience!

Associate Beef Snob to the Rescue – Whitly Cochran

It became very clear that Charlie and Ed needed help to keep up with the growth of Barham’s Ozark Beef. Enter Whitly Cochran… Whitly is the daughter of Ed’s former Connors State College baseball teammate, Jeremy Cochran. In the summer of 2022, Jeremy asked Ed if there were any jobs available in Conway for Whitly while she continued her education at the University of Central Arkansas. Ed immediately created a new position, Associate Beef Snob. Ed knew that if she had half the work ethic and integrity of her father, she would be a great addition to team. Whitly is exceeding expectations and we are thrilled to have her on the team!

The Gentry, Arkansas native is currently a senior psychology major at UCA, graduating in December 2022. She recently said, “Working for Barham’s Ozark Beef has been so rewarding. I am very excited for all we have planned for the future!” With Whitly on the team, there is no doubt the future is bright at Barham’s Ozark Beef.

Whitly has jumped in to help with graphic design, customer relationship management, social media marketing, and apparel design. Knowing she has a desire to open her own business one day, she is included in discussions about all aspects of the business. We hope to provide her the first-hand experience of running a small business so that she will have a much quicker road to success that we did!