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Our family farming history began with my great-great-... (nine generations ago) grandfather Johannes. He, his wife and three children left Saxony, Germany, on April 20, 1734, aboard the ship St. Andrew, mastered by Capt. John Stedman. They landed at Philadelphia on Sept. 22 and eventually settled our family’s first "New World" farm near Society Run in Frederick Township, Montgomery County, Pa., in 1743. Pig farming was our family’s specialty until the mid 1950s. A lot has changed since then. Our BQA cow–calf operation includes 100% grass-fed registered Red Angus, Hereford and purebred Beefalo; 30 to 35 pastured Duroc and Spot pigs; 100 Freedom Ranger broilers; and 90 Golden Comet and Buff Orpington layers. We organically maintain 80 acres, comprising 15 acres in rotational pastures, 15 acres in tillable cropland, and alfalfa/mixed grass hay on the balance. We have never used chemical pesticides or herbicides on our pastures or hay fields. We are not a "certified" organic farming operation, but we prefer the natural/organic approach to help promote sustainability.
This is the 3rd installment of 5, focusing on Beef Quality Assurance.
This week we’ll keep it short and simple.
I don’t think that what is required by the BQA Program is anything that any BEEF producer can’t uphold. Committing to the BQA way of producing BEEF & Dairy BEEF isn’t going to cost you anything more than what you’re currently doing, In the long run it could actually save you money!
It’s a way of helping producers to improve the way they handle their cattle from birth to butchering. The BQA program wasn’t designed to make things harder for producers; it was designed by producers for producers. It’s mostly common sense. Once you enroll in the program and hear what is expected of producers to be eligible to carry the BQA certification, it’ll all click and you might even ask yourself, why wasn’t I doing this before!? It’s so much better for my cattle and everyone involved in my cattle operation.
Beef cattle producers take pride in their responsibility to provide proper care to cattle. The Code of Cattle Care lists general recommendations for care and handling of cattle.
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