Siblings Erin, Lauren and Matt Williams raise Certified Animal Welfare Approved by A Greener World…
Aaron Moultrup, general construction business owner, and his wife, Kerry, a teacher, both grew up in hardworking families. When they decided to buy an old farmhouse and land in the southern tier of New York state neither of them had any real farming experience. Not wanting the property to sit idle, they soon got “the itch” to farm and started plowing and planting the fields. As time went on, and kids came along and jobs consumed the majority of their time, they decided to put up some fences and begin raising animals. Today, Aaron and Kerry raise Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW beef cattle on 450 acres of pasture at Fieldstone Acres in Campbell, New York, with the help of Rob Deyoung Jr., friend and farm partner.
When the couple decided to start raising beef cattle, they would visit nearby farmers for advice and inspiration. “The Angus cattle would walk over and we’d rub their ears and they’d nudge you with their head,” said Aaron. The couple originally purchased several cows from a neighbor only a few years ago, but the herd at Fieldstone Acres has grown quickly to 86 cows and three bulls.
“The cattle are out there for grass and forage from May until December, and then we feed hay on pasture,” explains Aaron. “In the winter, we rotate our hay through the pasture just like we rotate our cattle through the grass. Changing the feeding area encourages the cattle to move and ensures nutrients and all the “good stuff” from the manure goes back into the soil and spreads across the pastures. It’s a total life cycle. It’s reseeding itself, regenerating itself, and fertilizing itself–all for free.”
In addition to being Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW, the beef cattle at Fieldstone Acres are also Certified Grassfed by AGW, the first—and only—food label in the U.S. and Canada that guarantees food products come from animals fed a 100 percent grass and forage diet, and raised entirely outdoors on pasture or range.
For more information about Fieldstone Acres, contact Aaron and Kerry at email@example.com.