See how Pennsylvania beef farmers and ranchers are rethinking the ranch to raise sustainable beef through land-saving, wildlife-preserving, and award-winning environmental efforts.
Huntingdon Farm in Alexandria, Pennsylvania is owned by John and Kathryn Dawes. Everything the farm does, from cattle genetics to land and water conservation, has sustainability as the overarching goal. Being involved with the Foundation For Pennsylvania Watersheds, John has extensive knowledge in conservation and land management best practices, which he has implemented on the farm. These best practices include controlling water runoff by restoring wetlands and riparian habitat, revitalizing the banks of the creek that runs through the farm and improving crossing areas to help protect and improve the water quality. The Dawes have also placed their forest lands in a permanent conservation reserve that protects shag bark hickory trees which is a prime habitat for the endangered Indiana Bat. Huntingdon Farm has also set up educational signage to help visitors learn about their programs and educate the public on how these programs protect natural resources. For their conservation efforts, Huntingdon Farms was awarded the prestigious Environmental Stewardship Award (ESAP).
"I've always had a desire to live lightly on the earth and not be a resource consumer. Everything that we do, our desire is for sustainability." - John Dawes, Owner, Huntingdon Farm
Meet Pennsylvania beef producer, Chris Jeffcoat, from Rusty Roof Angus of Littlestown, PA. Rusty Roof Angus is a family owned and operated beef and crop farm totaling about 300 acres and 75 cows. The farm has a registered Angus herd, a commercial Angus cow/calf herd, feedyard, crops, and meat packing facility which is owned by Chris’ mom and sister.
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. Agriculture plays a major role in sustaining the Pennsylvania families who raise beef, all while sustaining the families who eat beef with a wholesome, flavor-packed protein.
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