One of the most significant changes over the past twenty years has been the diversification of our beef program.  In 1994 we built a 400 head counter slope feed lot with working facilities.   In 1996, with these established improvements, we were chosen to feed and manage the VA BCIA Bull Test Program.  Since then we have successfully managed the program and we have expanded it to test groups of bulls for other purebred breeders.  In 2006, we expanded our feeding facilities with the addition of a 400 head slated floor barn with new working facilities, which includes a double alley way system that feeds into a Silencer Squeeze Chute and sorting pens.  To meet the needs of our heifer development program we built a pack barn with working facilities to house weaned calves or calving heifers.

With the addition of these facilities, we expanded our custom feeding program. The program consists of preconditioning, back grounding, heifer development, and finishing cattle.  All of our cattle feeding programs are designed to meet the needs of both the commercial and purebred producer.  We work with a feed nutritionist to develop the most cost effective and balanced rations as possible to ensure that the cattle are performing to the highest standard. Additionally, in our heifer development program we use AI breeding and utilize ultra sound to preg check and fetal sex the calf.

Another important component of our beef cattle operation is our cowherd, which consists of 700 cows and we breed 250 head of replacement heifers. The main focus of our cowherd is based on the production of crossbreds that are selected for either feeder cattle or replacement heifers.  All of our first calf heifers are AI bred to calving ease Angus bulls.  Our mature British-based black cows are AI bred to Charolais bulls and SimAngus bulls are used for cleanup.    We try to select and utilize the best AI and natural service sires in the industry today, which are purchased out of the BCIA program or from other prominent breeders.  Our replacements are selected on fertility and their ability to perform well in our cowherd.   The calf crop is marketed as weaned pre-condition feeder cattle in load lots.