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Maine

See how Maine beef farmers and ranchers are rethinking the ranch to raise sustainable beef through land-saving, wildlife-preserving, and award-winning environmental efforts.

Maine farm centers their enterprise around cattle welfare

Shaw Road Farm in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine exists as the thriving, sustainable business it is today due to the hard work and care of Fred and Karen Cookson and their family. It is the Cooksons' belief that to deliver on their promise of raising the best beef possible, cattle welfare comes first. Through low-stress cattle handling techniques inspired by Temple Grandin, Colorado State University animal science professor and humane livestock handling expert, everything on the farm is configured to ensure their cows are taken care of every step of the way. The family has also implemented rotational grazing, and ensures that all fields are managed and fertilized organically. With an increased emphasis on selling directly to consumers, the Cooksons do not take these sustainable measures for profit, but feel that it is a duty to their customers. For their care for the land, people, and cattle, Shaw Road Farm was recommended for the National Beef Quality Assurance Award (BQA). The National BQA Awards recognizes outstanding beef and dairy producers, marketers, and educators that best demonstrate animal care and handling principles as part of the day-to-day activities on their respective operations.

"Every animal has a basic fundamental right to life in an environment which is as comfortable as possible, and if my charge is to care for a herd, then it is my duty to provide such an environment." - Benjamin Cookson, Shaw Road Farm

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JESSE AND CORINNA CARON

Meet Maine cattle farmers, Jesse and Corinna Caron of Casa Cattle Company. The Caron family has specialized in registered Belted and White Galloway cattle for 15 years. They take pride in producing high quality beef from pasture to plate while maintaining a cow herd of over 30 cattle with diverse genetics that promote the amazing beef quality traits. The Caron family maintains that hard work is rewarded with animals that provide the best beef possible.

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Raising beef in maine

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 80,000 cattle and over 1,700 cattle farms in Maine. Learn more about beef farmers and ranchers who are raising beef from pasture to plate in The Pinetree State.

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Foil Packet Beef and Vegetable Meal

FOIL PACKET BEEF AND VEGETABLE MEAL

We know the Pine Tree State is always pining to get outdoors, so this recipe is perfect for all your adventures. Build a foil packet with beef, beef sausage and vegetables and cook on the grill. Perfect for a backyard grill-out or cooking in the back country.

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Maine Fact

Maine leads the world in production of wild blueberries and is 2nd in the nation in the production of maple syrup.