See how Vermont beef farmers and ranchers are rethinking the ranch to raise sustainable beef through land-saving, wildlife-preserving, and award-winning environmental efforts.
In South Newfane, Vermont is Mountain Meadows Farm. Mountain Meadows's mission is to raise and produce the finest quality beef in a way that is humane and respectful of the animals while simultaneously protecting and improving their land and the greater environment. The Farm has an extensive and supportive interaction with many federal and state agencies for conservation programs. These partnerships provide guidance on sustainability efforts including the prevention of water pollution and reducing fossil fuel usage. Being next to Lake Champlain, Mountain Meadows Farm installed buffer zones to keep cattle out of streams and rivers to protect the local water resources. The farm also worked to build a new barn for cattle to go during the cold Vermont winters. For their sustainability efforts, Mountain Meadows Farm was awarded the prestigious Environmental Stewardship Award (ESAP).
"Stewardship to me is being conscientious of what you're doing and what your footprint is and how you're impacting the environment and realizing that what you do affects much more than just you or your land." - Brian Kemp, Farm Manager, Mountain Meadows Farm
Meet Vermont Cattle Farmers, Scott and Tara Oeschger of Spring Hill Angus. Scott and Tara are first generation cattle farmers who also own Northeast Kingdom Processing (NEK), a USDA inspected meat processing facility. The main focus is for local producers as themselves to have access to a USDA inspected processor to get their products to restaurants, markets and farmers markets in a timely manner. From farmer to farmer they know the hard work and dedication that it takes to achieve this on a daily basis. Spring Hill Angus and NEK Processing take pride in their Beef Quality Assurance certification by always evolving with the herd and current trends.
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 250,000 cattle and over 2,300 cattle farms in Vermont. Learn more about Vermont's beef farmers and ranchers who are raising beef from pasture to plate.
Maple marinades and beef go together like maple syrup and Vermont. After a dip in a maple syrup-based marinade, Strip Steaks are grilled with pears and onions to create a unique and tasty salad.
Vermont is the biggest producer of maple syrup in the United States producing about 36% of the nation’s total output.