Dale and Sharon Thompson raise Certified Animal Welfare Approved by A Greener World (AGW) beef cattle at Hilltop Angus Farm in Mount Gilead, nestled on the edge of the beautiful Uwharrie National Forest in central North Carolina.
The family farm consists of around 200 acres of pasture, which the Thompsons carefully manage to provide optimal grazing and foraging for the cattle and laying hens. “I’m basically a grass farmer, not a beef farmer,” Dale explains. “I manage the grass and the cattle and hens take care of the rest. As long as I have grass, rain, sunshine and the good Lord looking after me, we’re in good shape.”
Hilltop Angus cattle enjoy the simplicity of life outside: grass, water and plenty of sunshine. The cattle are rotationally managed and graze one area of high-quality, nutritious annual and perennial grasses, before being moved to fresh fields. This type of management allows the grass to recover before cows return to graze again and prevents overgrazing. It also helps keep the soil naturally fertilized and minimizes the build-up of internal parasites, thereby avoiding reliance on chemical treatments. The Thompsons are dedicated to the wellbeing of their land and animals, as well as to supplying their customers with rich-tasting, healthy beef.
Hilltop Angus beef is available directly from the farm and at local farmers’ markets and is featured in several area restaurants. Check the AGW directory for details. For more information about Hilltop Angus Farm, contact firstname.lastname@example.org and visit www.hilltopangusgrassfed.com.