Cattle Operations

Warm Milk in JanuaryIn order to have yearling bulls ready for our customers to use at grass turnout time, and for the yearling heifers ready to bred ahead of the cows, we time the artificial breeding to start calving at the worst time of the year in Michigan – New Year’s Day.  This takes a lot of extra management (and straw!), but that is what our market requires, and at grass time we can already see each calf’s potential.

Voogt Farms Cows on PastureWe are using an intensive synchronized estrus management system to tighten our calving Voogt Farms Calving Shedsinterval and make the best use of national proven A.I. bulls.  Gary does all the artificial breeding with semen stored on the farm.

 

Cows on pastureThe cow herd is fully vaccinated on an annual basis.  Cows are also vaccinated with Pfizer Scourguard 4KC prior to calving for scour prevention.  All newborn calves undergo a strict health regimen, which includes BO-SE and Vitamin A & D, navels are dipped in iodine, and each calf is honestly weighed on a spMoses Jaimes weighs every calfring scale and then ear tagged and tattooed.

All our cattle are raised on our own hay and pasture, and all supplemented with locally purchased corn and soybeans.  Growth hormones have never been used on our farm, and we do not supplement the feed with antibiotics.

Gary and cows on pasture

We are committed to protecting and enhancing the environment, caring for our animal’s welfare through good animal husbandry and stewardship, and raising wholesome, nutritious beef for both our family and our retail customers.

 

 

Watch "Green Pastures", a video showcasing Voogt Farms respect for grass and the environment: