See how Missouri beef farmers and ranchers are rethinking the ranch to raise sustainable beef through land-saving, wildlife-preserving, and award-winning environmental efforts.
Eckenfels Farm has raised cattle since 1851, making caring for the land more than a practice, but a family tradition. Because of this, it is vitally important to the Eckenfels family to have a farm they can pass down to their next generations. The family was a pioneer in the implementation of rotational grazing, a practice that today has maximized their pasture and forage growth. The family has also installed fencing to protect wooded areas and ponds on their property, and has set aside some of their land for a protected quail habitat. As a clear indicator for their passion in preserving the land, Robert Eckenfels has served as Chair of the Missouri County Soil and Water Conservation Districts since 2002. Robert is also always willing to talk to others about farming, truly embracing the credo of the Show Me State. For their sustainability practices, Eckenfels Farm was awarded the prestigious Environmental Stewardship Award (ESAP).
"There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a cow with a new baby calf, or planting a crop and watching it grow." - Robert Eckenfels, Owner, Eckenfels Farm
Missouri rancher, Kalena Bruce, wears many hats: mother, rancher and accountant. Kalena is a 5th generation rancher working on the land her family has been ranching since the Civil War in Stockton, Missouri. Her days are long but her outlook on life is very bright as she raises quality beef for familiess around the world. Through the trials and tribulations of living on a ranch, Kalena has learned the importance of having perseverance and is passing those life lessons along to her daughter.
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. Today, there are more than 4.3 million cattle and over 53,000 cattle farms and ranches in Missouri. Learn more about Missouri's beef farmers and ranchers who are raising beef from pasture to plate.
Missouri farms cover over 60% of the state's total land acreage and support many of the state's agricultural indsutries like soybeans, corn, cattle, hogs, and turkeys.