Updates from Foxbard Farm 2020

Since the arrival of Coronavirus in this community our utmost concern has been to ensure the safety and well-being of our beef supply. We use sanitizing procedures for the sake of employees and customers and have ceased onsite pickups. Due to changes in ordering patterns, we shifted our focus from restaurants to retail and grocery outlets, and are committed to supporting local businesses as they begin to re-open.

Meanwhile we are transitioning from John’s leadership to his family’s management of the farm, implementing changes that will enable us to honor his passion for providing high quality grass-fed beef for the community. We are rebuilding the herd as we shift back to a cow/calf breeding model and focus on critical pasture maintenance and re-growth.

As a result of these farming efforts and the effect of the pandemic on the demand for our beef, our inventory has been impacted. In an effort to continue to supply customers with the opportunity to purchase beef directly from us, we have made changes in the ordering process.

We appreciate your patience as we work through this challenging time. For questions and further information, email us at farmjam@msn.com.



Our Beef Program

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Our objective is to produce high-quality, all natural, grass-fed Black Angus beef. During the summer, our animals range freely in our own pastures feeding on local grasses like timothy, red clover, orchard, and canary grasses.  Late in the Fall they move to our winter pasture where they receive hay and grass silage cut from our meadows.

Our cows are bred to calve in April and May.  During the summer the calves’ main nourishment is mother’s milk but they begin to eat pasture grasses too.

In October the calves are weaned and sorted into four groups – the best heifers to join the main herd, two or three top quality bull calves to serve as breeding bulls, other bull calves to become steers for the beef program, and heifer calves for sale.  At this time all our calves receive a standard set of health vaccinations to protect them from various bovine viruses.

After weaning the calves begin their winter feed program of high protein second and first cutting hay, and a small ration of wheat grain to support their fast growing, teen-age bodies.

The following May the steers (and the main herd of brood cows with their new calves) return to the summer pastures.  The steers remain on summer pastures until maturity in the fall when they weigh 1000 to 1200 lbs.  At no time do the calves, steers, or any of our animals receive growth hormones or antibiotics.

If you are interested in purchasing directly from Foxbard Farm, please email us at farmjam@msn.com with your name, address and phone.