The herd of beef cattle and flock of sheep at Liberty Farms in Ghent, NY…
Mallory Mort grew up on a small farm in Pennsylvania and later studied animal production at Penn State University. Upon graduating, Mallory worked in the horse program at his alma mater. A few years later, as someone with experience raising both cattle and horses, Mallory was offered a position at Gallagher’s Stud in 1979–and has continued working there ever since. Today, he raises Certified Grassfed by AGW beef cattle on 550 acres of pasture at Gallagher’s Stud in Ghent, New York, with the help of Marlene Brody, friend and farm owner.
From all of his years of farming, Mallory has extensive experience raising Angus cattle and feels the breed is a good fit for the farm. The 75-head Angus cattle were bred for their strong maternal traits, longevity, and the ability to finish well on grass. “There are a number of benefits to pasture-based farming,” Mallory explains. “For instance, the manure goes directly onto the field, so there’s no need for it to be stored for later or manually spread. The animals are effectively self-fertilizing the fields where they graze. For us, there is much less labor involved using a rotational grazing system and, ultimately, this is a much healthier way to produce beef–for both the animals and the customers.”
Gallagher’s Stud pursued Certified Grassfed by AGW certification so that they could supply their quality grassfed beef to the pioneering Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW restaurant, Grazin’, in Hudson, NY. This is the only certification and logo in the U.S. and Canada that guarantees food products come from animals fed a 100% grass and forage diet, raised outdoors on pasture or range for their entire lives, and managed according to the highest welfare and environmental standards on an independent family farm. “Initially, becoming certified was our goal so that we could supply our beef to Grazin’,” Mallory explains. “But after going through the process, it was easy to see the wider value of the program.”
Gallagher’s Stud’s Certified Grassfed by AGW beef is sold directly to nearby Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW Grazin Angus Acres farm for use at the Grazin’ Diner in Hudson, which uses only Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW meat, eggs, and dairy ingredients. For more information about Gallagher’s Stud, contact Mallory at firstname.lastname@example.org or (518) 392-4110. For more information about Grazin’ Diner, visit www.grazinburger.com.