Free State Growers & American Aberdeen Cattle

Free State Growers & American Aberdeen Cattle Beef Cattle, Meat Goats, Layer Hens. Owner Certifications: VA Beef Quality Assurance, VA Pork Qualit Located in the "Free State" of Fauquier County.

A veteran-owned, farm raising beef cattle, meat goats and laying hens. Our guiding principle: Be good stewards of God’s resources. Owner Certifications: VA Beef Quality Assurance, VA Pork Quality Assurance, VA Transportation Quality Assurance, FAMACHA. Owner membership: Fauquier Farm Bureau, Loudoun Valley Sheep Producers Association, Eastern Aberdeen Association, Blue Ridge Cattlemen's Association, Virginia Sheep Producers Association.

Registered Fullblood Bull - Chunky (44521) Bn 9/21/20.  He's Proven.   Aberdeen x Dexter/Aberdeen Cow Bn 3/29/21, she's ...
09/28/2023

Registered Fullblood Bull - Chunky (44521) Bn 9/21/20. He's Proven. Aberdeen x Dexter/Aberdeen Cow Bn 3/29/21, she's had one calf; been exposed to Chunky since July. We're evolving the herd from black to red. Individually or as a pair, possibly pair (+).

09/16/2023

Essential to sustaining Fauquier's Ag focus is supporting the FFA programs in the County's high schools and middle schools. These students are doing their part, on a Saturday, at Fauquier Livestock Exchange Fauquier Livestock Exchange, Inc. Fauquier FFA Chapter Fauquier FFA

Heifer calf born 03/29/23 64 lbs.  AI sire is UF TITANIUM 34A (23153).  Dam is unregistered Holstein x Hereford (picture...
09/16/2023

Heifer calf born 03/29/23 64 lbs. AI sire is UF TITANIUM 34A (23153). Dam is unregistered Holstein x Hereford (pictured).

Registered Fullblood American Aberdeen, ready for new pastures.
09/16/2023

Registered Fullblood American Aberdeen, ready for new pastures.

Registered Fullblood Bull (44521) Bn 9/21/20.  Proven.   Aberdeen x Dexter/Aberdeen Cow Bn 3/29/21.  1 Calf.  Time for b...
09/14/2023

Registered Fullblood Bull (44521) Bn 9/21/20. Proven. Aberdeen x Dexter/Aberdeen Cow Bn 3/29/21. 1 Calf. Time for both to move on; together would be good.

Jim Hilleary Fauquier County Agricultural Development  is interviewed in the Washington Post about our local drought sit...
09/10/2023

Jim Hilleary Fauquier County Agricultural Development is interviewed in the Washington Post about our local drought situation!

Farmers in the D.C., Md., Va. region are struggling after record-setting temperatures, with some regions under “severe drought” conditions.

Fauquier County may be only 40 miles from Washington DC, but Ag and cattle production are still important.  And, you can...
09/09/2023

Fauquier County may be only 40 miles from Washington DC, but Ag and cattle production are still important. And, you can find American Aberdeens here too!

09/01/2023

I would like to see more American Aberdeen's charging out of the trailers for auction. However, the production benchmark initiative is a good one for all beef producers.

There's a lot going on at the farm but today, I just like this photo.  Here's to that 1% of the population involved in p...
08/24/2023

There's a lot going on at the farm but today, I just like this photo. Here's to that 1% of the population involved in production agriculture and the other 1% serving in one of the United State's military services. Did someone say Go Army?

A second Thank You for Your Farming banner spotted at Franklin Farm in Delaplane! Fauquier County Agricultural Developme...
08/12/2023

A second Thank You for Your Farming banner spotted at Franklin Farm in Delaplane! Fauquier County Agricultural Development

A "Thank You for Your Farming" banner spotted at Highwater Farm off of Rt 17 in Bealton. Fauquier County Agricultural De...
08/11/2023

A "Thank You for Your Farming" banner spotted at Highwater Farm off of Rt 17 in Bealton. Fauquier County Agricultural Development

In Marshall, VA 2023 kids: - purebred Myotonic buckling (bottom middle photo).- purebred Myotonic doeling (bottom right ...
07/30/2023

In Marshall, VA 2023 kids:
- purebred Myotonic buckling (bottom middle photo).
- purebred Myotonic doeling (bottom right photo).
- Boer/Kiko/Myotonic wether 1.
- Boer/Kiko/Myotonic wether 2.
https://www.fsgfarm.com

CORRECTION.  In Virginia.  Two 2023 50% American Aberdeen (AA) moderator calves sired by fullblood bulls.  The heifer's ...
07/30/2023

CORRECTION. In Virginia. Two 2023 50% American Aberdeen (AA) moderator calves sired by fullblood bulls. The heifer's sire is UF TITANIUM 34A (23153); her dam is unregistered (Hol/Her). The steer's sire is Chunky (44521); his dam is an unregistered (AA/Dex). Chunky is pictured. www.fsgfarm.com

Kid watch tonight in the Maaaternity Ward.
01/02/2023

Kid watch tonight in the Maaaternity Ward.

We're on kidding watch; the Maaaternity ward is set up and ready.  Thought it would be a good day to replace the colors ...
12/29/2022

We're on kidding watch; the Maaaternity ward is set up and ready. Thought it would be a good day to replace the colors out front.

Hey, the herd stopped drinking water!
12/21/2022

Hey, the herd stopped drinking water!

CSU Golden Plains Area Livestock Extension Agent

There's peace in the valley; introducing the new to the others was a non-event.  Perhaps because Lightning is smitten by...
12/17/2022

There's peace in the valley; introducing the new to the others was a non-event. Perhaps because Lightning is smitten by the bull.

Herd introduction will be accelerated by one week today.  These two haven't shown signs that they'll share virus or bact...
12/17/2022

Herd introduction will be accelerated by one week today. These two haven't shown signs that they'll share virus or bacteria with the others and we want the herd order settled before next week's rough weather arrives and sharing enclosed space is necessary.

Moved out of the safe and cozy treeline paddock into a pasture.  Lightning gets to graze as she pleases without going ba...
12/05/2022

Moved out of the safe and cozy treeline paddock into a pasture. Lightning gets to graze as she pleases without going back to check on Joules.

Ligtning and Joules completed week one of new arrival separation from the herd.  A big day today, they accessed a new pa...
12/03/2022

Ligtning and Joules completed week one of new arrival separation from the herd. A big day today, they accessed a new pasture and were fed near the handling facilities to became accustomed to the squeeze chute, Bud box, and panels. Joules still has her favorite spot in the treeline but Mama draws her out for grazing. They're becoming more comfortable with new people, new dogs and those funny looking dogs with horns that we call goats.

American Aberdeens enjoying stockpiled Fescue.  No problems walking between the herd members to take photos.  Let's hear...
12/03/2022

American Aberdeens enjoying stockpiled Fescue. No problems walking between the herd members to take photos. Let's hear it for breed docility!

American Aberdeen cattle were developed from a herd of 100% Registered Angus, which was established at the Trangie Resea...
11/30/2022

American Aberdeen cattle were developed from a herd of 100% Registered Angus, which was established at the Trangie Research Center in Australia in 1929 to provide quality beef breeding stock for the New South Wales industry. From that early beginning and after decades of selection to moderate frame size came this exciting beef breed we call American Aberdeen cattle.

Up early to bring home BHF Lighning (FM45597) and her heifer calf Joules (pending).  Joules is peeking out from behind M...
11/25/2022

Up early to bring home BHF Lighning (FM45597) and her heifer calf Joules (pending). Joules is peeking out from behind Mama who is not all that thrilled by the new location. The woods seem safer.

Lifelong learning in VA.
11/23/2022

Lifelong learning in VA.

On an American Aberdeen farm, grandparents can teach their grandchildren how to vaccinate cattle.  Seems like a little t...
11/23/2022

On an American Aberdeen farm, grandparents can teach their grandchildren how to vaccinate cattle. Seems like a little thing but the life lessons learned are significant.

11/23/2022
Opened the stockpiled north pasture today.  Closed it off on Aug 1st.
11/22/2022

Opened the stockpiled north pasture today. Closed it off on Aug 1st.

11/20/2022

American Aberdeen Breed Facts: Mature American Aberdeen bulls generally fall into a range of 45-48 inches measured at the hip and weigh from 1,300 to 1,600 pounds. Mature cows generally measure from 42-26 inches at the hip and weigh between 900 and 1,100 pounds.
https://easternaberdeen.com

Join our community. Our website is the hub for American Aberdeen cattle raisers in the East. Our member states cover Illinois to Maine to Florida.

American Aberdeen cattle offer small-herd producers distinct advantages. Desirable for their smaller carbon footprint, t...
11/12/2022

American Aberdeen cattle offer small-herd producers distinct advantages. Desirable for their smaller carbon footprint, their end product, and their superior efficiency on forage-only diets. Aberdeen cattle also stand out for their docile nature and economics. Read more: https://americanaberdeen.com/aberdeen-info/small-herd-solutions/

The American Aberdeen breed offers small-herd producers distinct advantages. Desirable for their smaller carbon footprint, their end product, and their superior efficiency on forage-only diets.  Aberdeen cattle also stand out for their docile nature and economics. Often referred to as “the origin...

We like fullbloods and we like moderators (FB American Aberdeen sire crossbred to other cattle breeds),
11/11/2022

We like fullbloods and we like moderators (FB American Aberdeen sire crossbred to other cattle breeds),

Breeding and genetic management is an essential part of operational decision making, with decisions notably impacting profitability. Commercial cattle producers face input cost management decisions every year. Likewise, they must decide on practices that affect productivity and returns. A well desig...

We'll be bringing home American Aberdeen FB Lightning and her FB (Reg. pending) heifer calf Joules the day after Thanksg...
11/11/2022

We'll be bringing home American Aberdeen FB Lightning and her FB (Reg. pending) heifer calf Joules the day after Thanksgiving. A big thank you to Max Von Arnswaldt for his help with selecting this cow/calf pair from his herd. FB Chunky (pictured) will be pleased to see the herd expanding.

American Aberdeen cattle are a perfect choice for small acreage farmers. Their more moderate size makes them easy to han...
10/04/2022

American Aberdeen cattle are a perfect choice for small acreage farmers. Their more moderate size makes them easy to handle and minimizes equipment requirements. Their feed efficiency improves the carrying capacity of a farm. They produce exceptional quality beef. They are ideal show animals for 4-H and other youth projects bringing in the next generation of cattle people. They may also offer the tax advantages of an agriculturally based property and business.

https://americanaberdeen.com/aberdeen-info/general-info/

American Aberdeen cattle are easy calving, good natured cattle that are very feed efficient and maintain themselves on grass. They have excellent taste, texture and tenderness beef characteristics and exceptional ribeye area per hundred pounds of body weight which translates to very high yielding, h...

A nice looking bull who likes visiting Running Bay Farm
09/26/2022

A nice looking bull who likes visiting Running Bay Farm

Chunky, a registered American Aberdeen bull, pauses for a profile shot.
08/26/2022

Chunky, a registered American Aberdeen bull, pauses for a profile shot.

Too small?  That thought has never crossed his mind.
08/09/2022

Too small? That thought has never crossed his mind.

Grass-fed, grain-fed.  What's the difference?  This URL links to a brief video that explains the differences and address...
08/02/2022

Grass-fed, grain-fed. What's the difference? This URL links to a brief video that explains the differences and addresses the label, "organic" as well. https://extension.psu.edu/grass-fed-vs-grain-fed-beef . Thank you PSU.

There are many possible production scenarios for beef cattle. This video will explain two different types of production, grass-fed versus grain-fed beef.

The boys are back.  Buckshot and Shemp have been reintroduced to the does.
08/01/2022

The boys are back. Buckshot and Shemp have been reintroduced to the does.

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Kid watch tonight in the Maaaternity Ward.
We're on kidding watch; the Maaaternity ward is set up and ready. Thought it would be a good day to replace the colors out front.
Hey, the herd stopped drinking water!
There's peace in the valley; introducing the new to the others was a non-event. Perhaps because Lightning is smitten by the bull.
Herd introduction will be accelerated by one week today. These two haven't shown signs that they'll share virus or bacteria with the others and we want the herd order settled before next week's rough weather arrives and sharing enclosed space is necessary.
Moved out of the safe and cozy treeline paddock into a pasture. Lightning gets to graze as she pleases without going back to check on Joules.
Ligtning and Joules completed week one of new arrival separation from the herd. A big day today, they accessed a new pasture and were fed near the handling facilities to became accustomed to the squeeze chute, Bud box, and panels. Joules still has her favorite spot in the treeline but Mama draws her out for grazing. They're becoming more comfortable with new people, new dogs and those funny looking dogs with horns that we call goats.
American Aberdeens enjoying stockpiled Fescue. No problems walking between the herd members to take photos. Let's hear it for breed docility!
American Aberdeen cattle were developed from a herd of 100% Registered Angus, which was established at the Trangie Research Center in Australia in 1929 to provide quality beef breeding stock for the New South Wales industry. From that early beginning and after decades of selection to moderate frame size came this exciting beef breed we call American Aberdeen cattle.
Up early to bring home BHF Lighning (FM45597) and her heifer calf Joules (pending). Joules is peeking out from behind Mama who is not all that thrilled by the new location. The woods seem safer.
Lifelong learning in VA.
On an American Aberdeen farm, grandparents can teach their grandchildren how to vaccinate cattle. Seems like a little thing but the life lessons learned are significant.
Opened the stockpiled north pasture today. Closed it off on Aug 1st.
Hear it from a cattleman . . . : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omwdnzodauI