Like his father before him, Jeff Rosenkrans raises beef cattle on the grasses of Rosenkrans Farms in the Finger Lakes region of New York state. The farm sits in a unique micro-climate along the banks of Lake Cayuga where the mist of the lake and nutrient-rich soil combine to provide lush, nutritious grazing land for Jeff’s cattle.
Rosenkrans Farms’ Animal Welfare Approved Black Angus cross Hereford cattle, which Jeff calls “Black Baldies,” are known for their delicious and beautifully marbled meat. Jeff raises his cattle according to the highest welfare standards, with the intention of reducing stress for his animals at every stage, as well as prioritizing their health and wellbeing. For example, the calves are raised on the pasture alongside their mothers for the first seven months of their lives, before they are “fence line weaned” to minimize the stress of leaving their mothers. “We believe that the fence line weaning process is the most humane way to separate calves from their mothers,” says Jeff. The cattle at Rosenkrans Farms are raised entirely on pasture and are never fed grain or receive hormones or subtherapeutic antibiotics.
In addition to raising grass-finished beef, Jeff is also a hay farmer. This sustainably-raised feed is sold as far away as Kentucky and Florida. The high-quality hay is also fed to Rosenkrans Farms’ cattle during the winter months when grazing is not possible.
Rosenkrans Farms’ beef is sold through DeBragga and Spitler, which has been supplying legendary restaurants in New York City with high-quality meats since the 1920’s.
For more information about Rosenkrans Farms, visit www.rosenkransfarms.com.