See how Georgia beef farmers and ranchers are rethinking the ranch to raise sustainable beef through land-saving, wildlife-preserving, and award-winning environmental efforts.
Greenview Farms of Screven, Georgia has been in the Harris family for 150 years, and they have land conservation plans dating back just as far. Conservation is a part of who they are, and at Greenview Farms, they are always working to improve the work of previous generations. The Harrises run a diversified farm where their crops, pasture, and timber are all centered around the cattle. In an effort to promote stewardship, the Harrises recognize the need to protect water quality on and off the farm. The family has installed fencing to keep cattle out of natural waterways, and has worked with the National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to install a winter feeding pad to reduce erosion and runoff into the creek. The family also shares their techniques with other cattle producers and government entities, as the most important thing to them is sharing what they do with others. For their ongoing commitment to sustainability, Greenview Farms was awarded the prestigious Environmental Stewardship Award (ESAP).
"I have people come to me all the time saying, 'Johnny, why are you doing that? You're not going to realize any of the results out of that.' And I say, 'Because it's the right thing to do, and because somebody is going to reap the benefit of it." - Jonny Harris, Owner, Greenview Farms
Meet generational cattle and poultry farmers Steven and Tara Green from middle Georgia. Steven and Tara run a cow-calf operation alongside Steven’s father. They utilize resources to enhance their herd genetics and animal husbandry practices with the most up to date information and technologies. They do this while also instilling traditional values in their daughter through life on the farm.
Raising beef is a complex process, but throughout the entire journey, one thing remains constant – the shared commitment to raising cattle in a safe, humane and environmentally sustainable way by using the latest technology and resources. Today, there are more than 1.1 million cattle and over 17,000 cattle farms and ranches throughout Georgia. Learn more about the people and the process involved in raising beef from the pasture to the plate in The Peach State.
Beef is one of the top 5 agriculture commodities in the state of Georgia. In fact, cattle are raised in all 159 counties.