- ABOUT US -
My name is Jeanetta, I am the main farm caretaker. We partner with New Penn Farm in Upstate NY. All the work here on the farm is made a lot more fun with the help of our kids. You can see them helping on our farm and loving the farm life. My
husband, Kevin, is Mr-fix it. I am not good at equipment maintenance but I am very good and making his fix-it list grow. Raising high quality, safe beef for our family is our priority. We want to share our hard work with all of our customers so you
can enjoy it with your family too.
What we do:
We are pleased to bring our locally grown product from our
farm to your family. We strive to make our beef the tastiest
and freshest beef around. Our small family works hard to
breed for 'next generation livestock'. We look at 'next
generation livestock' to include the following.
Improved feed efficiency (require less food to gain weight)
Increased marbling (the white fat flecks in your steak that make your steak tender)
Decrease in-excess fat - excess fat is waste
Increased dressing percentage - more meat per animal
Docility - easily managed or handled
Sustainability - Making more meat, and better meat with less resources (food, fuel, water, time) is one way we strive to be a sustainable farmstead.
Why are we breeding for these things? Here in New York and across the country we already have a shortage of farmland. That shortage will only increase as the population and food demand continually increase. More houses, more roads, more stores but less farmland every year. As farmers, we have to continually find ways to get more food while using less resources.
Thanks to countless years and lots of mathematics, data from EPDs (expected progeny difference) - yes very technical and complicated, have made it possible to select for certain traits. We have the ability to select what sire to breed my cow that has a huge amount of marbling to so we can keep that high tender marbling to a bull that we selected that is very feed efficient. That means that cow is going to eat a salad of summer pasture and gain weight at a higher rate than a less feed efficient cow that eats the same amount of summer pasture. Making more with less.
To help in with animal management we breed for docility. Cows that stress easily, loose weight more rapidly, get sick more often and take more time to work with. The more we can do to make their lives happier and less stressful, the better quality the meat is. We do not give our animals any growth hormones, not in their feed, not injectable or implant, none. Our cows grow wonderfully on the food available to them and added hormones are not necessary for our farm.
Feel free to ask us questions about our animals and our products, we love sharing why we do what we do!