The Farmer's Daughter
Our blog is written by Jennifer Shea, Dan and Cathy's oldest daughter. Jennifer is part of the 13th generation of Schoonmakers to work on Saunderskill Farm.

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CEO Natural Angus Beef
October 1, 2011

Three years ago my husband and I were having dinner at my in-laws on a cold winter night. Steak was on the menu. My father in-law, Bob Anderberg VP of Open Space Institute was working with a Cattle Farm in Stone Ridge to preserve thier land. He was telling us about the new slaughter house that would be built as I took my first bite of the steak. It literally melted in my mouth! I had never tasted such delicious red meat before. From then on I was hooked!

Today my daughter Elouise and I visited the farm to pick up some ground beef and steaks to sell in the store and to use during our weekend BBQ's. We visited with Holly as we made our purchase in the basement of thier farm house. Then we ventured outside to see the calves that were born that morning on the farm. They were in the pasture with thier mothers and other members of the hurd. The cows graze on acres of grass and also have a huge pond of fresh water. This is the way a cow should live!

Claude Osterhoudt and his wife Holly from  CEO NATURAL ANGUS BEEF FARM in Stone Ridge own and operate a closed farm. Their family settled on their farm in 1790. All their Black Angus Cattle are born and raised on their farm, free to roam and graze, fed on bailage and silage that is grown on the same land. *This process keeps their animals content and healthy. 

In 2010 a brand new USDA inspected slaughter facility was constructed on this farm as well. Their cattle remain on the farm and are not transported for hundreds of miles. This also creates less stress on the animal.

·         They are not given any antibiotics or vaccinations.                          

·         They are not given any growth hormones.  

·         They are not finished as done on feed lots.        

·         They are not fattened in their last few months of life.

·         They are not stressed from overcrowding

*Feed lots change the animals daily routine and diet. This puts  incredible stress on the animals. The first thing that happens to stressed livestock is they stop eating and eventually get sick so they must be administered anti-biotics to keep them eating for a few months to put on those extra 3-5 pounds a day! imagine puttin on a few pounds a day! If you keep your animals content and care for them they won't get sick.

 

Jennifer

This blog was written with references from Hudson Valley Cattle Company and Rondout Valley Growers Association