Now Giving Virtual Tours!

Hi There!

We are so excited to announce that we officially have a YouTube channel!

Although our primary goal is to have you visit the farm and see first hand what healthy cows and good tasting grass-fed beef is all about, we would like to introduce you to our farm and our practices virtually.  Please feel free to check out our videos on Our Channel.

Healthy Cows Need Healthy Land

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Newly planted trees

On October 29th, 2016 volunteers lead by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation planted over 1,000 trees and shrubs on the farm to help with erosion and soil loss. A small creek runs through the pasture and, although the cows are blocked from the area, the banks are continually eroding. The newly planted trees and shrubs will provide much needed bank support and a natural filter for our farm. Check out the full article in the Frederick News Post.

Our Story

Grandfather Roy was an avid sportsman living in Catonsville near Baltimore with his wife, Erna, and 2 children. He loved to hunt and, on one of his frequent trips to Frederick County, he purchased the farm as property to hunt on. This was October of 1941. With the war with Japan breaking out and the uncertainty of living in close proximity to Eastern harbors, he moved the family to the farm in ’42. Much of the land had been plowed to grow corn and wheat, back before the days of conservation practices. In order to save the land from eroding away, he established pastures on the steep hillsides and continued to farm the remaining acreage that was not hilly.

In the late 60’s, his daughter, Shirley, and her husband, Ed, took over the farm and continued to pasture cattle and horses and rent out the crop ground to local farmers. In 1990, their son, Steve, and his wife, Ruth Ann, began to work the farm. They became interested in the “new” practice of managed rotational grazing, realizing that the topography of the farm was not suited for crops. They planted the entire farm in grass and  implemented soil and water conservation practices, some of which are rotational grazing, pasture seeding, spring trough development, water runoff management, a winter cattle feeding facility with manure storage area, stream bank fencing to exclude cattle from the creek, concrete creek crossings and a newly planted riparian restoration project. They have always viewed their small part of Israel Creek as the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay and have strived to do their part in keeping it clean while maintaining a healthy cattle farm.

Steve, a practicing veterinarian in the Frederick county, and Ruth Ann have been raising cattle and selling grass fed beef since 1998. Although their land is not certified organic, they have been managing the pastures using organic practices that exclude commercial fertilizers, insecticides, and herbicides. The cattle are raised much the same way with no grain, antibiotics, or growth promoting hormones.

Early on in their venture to raise high quality grass fed beef, Steve became frustrated with trying to grass finish feedlot genetics. They were too large framed and took too long to properly finish on grass.  So they set out to develop a herd of moderate framed cows using bulls that produce offspring better suited for grass finishing.Steve believes that  just as it takes the right grape for the right wine, it takes the right kind of beef animal to produce quality grass-fed beef!