The herd of beef cattle and flock of sheep at Liberty Farms in Ghent, NY…
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 Grassfed 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.”
The Moultrup’s pursued certification so they could supply quality beef to Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW restaurant, Grazin’, in Hudson and Tribeca, NY. “To be honest, the requirements for certification fit us like a glove,” Aaron explains. “We didn’t have to change anything, because that’s just the way that we run our farm and treat our animals. We basically treat our animals like we treat our kids! –they’re part of the family. When we got to know Dan and what he was trying to achieve with his restaurant, it just made complete sense.” In addition to being Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW, the cattle at Fieldstone Acres is 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.
Fieldstone Acres’ Certified Grassfed by AGW, Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW beef is sold directly to the restaurant, Grazin’, in Hudson NY, which uses only Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW meat, eggs, and dairy ingredients. For more information about Fieldstone Acres, contact Aaron and Kerry at firstname.lastname@example.org.