Discover local recipes, flavors and meet members of the beef community in Wisconsin
Huth Polled Herefords in Oakfield, Wisconsin is owned by Jerry Huth and Josh Scharf. Through grazing management practices, the cattle help improve the local grasslands by stimulating the soil with their hoofs and maximizing photosynthesis by grazing on grass. This grazing also helps offset greenhouse gas emissions by keeping the land in growing pasture for carbon to be stored in plant roots and the soil. Huth Polled Herefords works with local agencies like the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to ensure their practices align with public land goals to help support local wildlife, plant life, and maintain natural habitats. For their sustainability efforts, the JY Ferry & Son Ranch was awarded the Wisconsin Environmental Stewardship Award (ESAP).
"Our families take great pride in knowing that we are providing a high-quality protein in the most sustainable way possible." - Jerry Huth
Meet Wisconsin beef farmers, Jim and Sarah Peterson of Kewaskum, Wisconsin. Jim and his daughter Sarah own and operate Hillside Farm where they work together to manage their family farm. The Petersons raise around 600 dairy steers a year, and they raise the majority of their own feed on 300 acres of corn, beans, barley, wheat and oats. They are committed to sustainable farming and regularly incorporate by-products from the local ethanol plant in their cattle feed.
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 3.4 million cattle and over 27,000 cattle farms and ranches in Wisconsin. Learn more about Wisconsin's beef farmers and ranchers who are raising beef from pasture to plate.
While Wisconsin leads the nation in production of snap beans, cranberries, and ginseng, the meat industry is still at the heart of the state. In fact, the Green Bay Packers name originated from a meat packing company.