Alexandria, VA—Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) farmer Dan Gibson of Grazin’ Angus Acres in Ghent, New York, first heard the rumor on Sunday morning—the short ribs he had been accumulating and subsequently supplied to a mysterious buyer had been served at the reception following Chelsea Clinton’s wedding to Marc Mezvinsky on Saturday, July 31 in Rhinebeck. The rumors abounded that Grazin’ Angus Acres had been named on the menu. Unable to confirm this, AWA approached the caterer who had purchased the ribs. AWA spoke with Rob Cano at RCano Events to confirm that Grazin’ Angus Acres short ribs were the short ribs being written about by gossip columns and blogs. “I was first approached at the Union Square farmer’s market,” Gibson says of the New York City farmer's market where he sells his 100% AWA grassfed beef and prominently displays his “Proud to be Animal Welfare Approved” sign. “A customer I hadn’t worked with in the past said he was looking for humane, local, grassfed beef for a large event. He asked me if I could supply short ribs for 350 people. At first I said no, but I went back and crunched the numbers and said yes. There are so many events in New York—from charity galas to company dinners—that I really didn’t think anything about it.”
Dustin Rogers grew up around cattle. With grandparents and family members who farmed, his interest in farming was established at a young age and shaped his desire to have a farm of his own. Today, Dustin and his wife Britni raise Certified Animal Welfare Approved by A Greener World and Certified Grassfed by A Greener World (AGW) beef cattle at Turner Mountain Plantation near Mount Airy, nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina.
Dustin manages a herd of registered Simmental and SimAngus cattle at Turner Mountain Plantation. “Since we moved to the farm, I’ve studied lots of crosses, other breeds and other operations to do my best to build a program here at Turner Mountain,” says Dustin. “The Simmental and SimAngus are a great fit for our cattle program and the farm environment.” In addition to being Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW, the cattle herd at Turner Mountain Plantation 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.
The cows at Turner Mountain Plantation are rotationally managed, grazing one section of pasture before being moved to fresh fields. This type of management allows grass to recover before cows return to graze again; it also keeps the soil properly fertilized and minimizes the build-up of internal parasites, thereby avoiding reliance on chemical treatments. “I focus on constantly improving the quality of grass our cattle graze, as well as improving the genetics of our herd,” Dustin adds.
Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW and Certified Grassfed by AGW beef from Turner Mountain Plantation is available directly from the farm. For more information, visit the farm’s Facebook page or turnermountainplantation.wordpress.com. Contact Dustin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-409-5498.