A happy cow will always provide a better tasting burger!
Our cattle are all Registered Red Angus. "Registered" simply means that they are documented with the American Red Angus Association. We currently have a herd just shy of 100 head. This number includes 37 mother cows along with their calves and their weaned teenagers. All of our cattle are born and raised on the farm. They live pretty pampered lives having a brand new barn to live in during the winter and plenty of pasture to graze on during the Spring, Summer and Fall seasons.
Our chosen mother cows will live out full, healthy lives on the farm. Most of their calves will be grown out for beef over 18-24 months, while a few selected heifers will be raised to put back into the herd as replacement mothers. We currently have two herd bulls, Andy and Angus, whom handle well do excellent jobs of breeding our cows.
Each year we participate in the Penn State Bull Test in March where we will send an additional one or two bull calves for testing. This program allows us to see where our herd's genetics compare to those of other local farms. Information we gather from the test helps us better select offspring to maintain the highest quality and most performing cattle we can. We also participate in the Virginia Beef Expo in April. This is a sale that we will take one to three bred (or ready to breed) heifers. It's important to us to continue registering our cattle through the ARA so that we can continue to participate in these tests and sales.
Our cows are foraged raised and grain finished with all feed produced directly on our farm. This means that they graze on pasture during the Spring, Summer and Fall months while being fed balage, corn silage, and other grass roughage we produce directly on our farm during harvest season. (Interested in understanding the differences in feeding methods? Check out this short and sweet article called, "Beyond Beef Basics: Grass Fed, Grain Finished & More".) We don't use any hormones or unnecessary antibiotics. Occasionally we treat our cows to apple flavored horse treats just to remind them that we appreciate them!
Visitors are welcome to come see our operation and hang out with our cows! It's always evident in the cows' behavior and calmness that we treat them just like family. Every cow has a name and every cow has a personality on our farm. We're always happy to share our joy of them on our Facebook page.
Beef products from Deer Run Farm will be marked with the Registered Red Angus logo seen above. This is the farm's original logo.
Anyone in the "mid-atlantic northeast" states with Red Angus looking to connect we encourage you to join the Mid-Atlantic Red Angus Association!