Little did we know, in the summer of 2006, when we moved the family farming operation to the rolling hills of Southern Iowa, that we would be back in the cattle business and raising Grass-Fed Beef. Initially, we grew corn and soybeans utilizing the best conservation methods available, including no-till, crop rotation, contour farming, grass waterways and terraces, all in an attempt to conserve top soil.
After several years of row cropping the farm we realized we needed to find a better way to conserve our top soil and to utilize the farm to its fullest potential, with a strong commitment to long term sustainability. We wanted to hand down the farm to the next generation in better condition than when we started. Out of this desire, the idea of raising premium quality Angus Grass-Fed Beef was born.
In 2013, with the help of our daughter, Amanda, and son-in-law, Adam, we began the transformation of the farm back to a cattle grazing operation, converting the row crop land back to pastures, building fences, digging water lines and growing the cow herd. We attended classes provided by University of Idaho, University of Missouri and Iowa State University focused on rotational grazing and grass finishing cattle.
Today, we have over 130 Registered Angus cows, and their calves, that we raise on grass from conception to finish on our 450 acre farm. Every day brings new challenges and adventures on the farm, but we are humbled to work with these wonderful creatures on the land that we love on a daily basis. We are proud to sell our high quality Grass-Fed Beef direct to the consumer through 2XL Premium Angus, LLC and provide superior quality Angus breeding stock to our fellow cattle producers through 2XL Cattle Company, LLC.