The Broadrun farm is located in Beaver Falls, PA.
For five generations, the Caldwells have devoted their lives to the production of quality milk. By 2000, declining milk prices and rising energy and feed costs caused us to search for other options. In 2002 we converted the operation from a conventional, confinement model of Holsteins to a 100 percent grass-based system with Jerseys and Jersey-Holstein crosses. Over the past several years the transformation for our cows, our land and our family has been phenomenal. The benefits have included improved animal health, enhanced soil fertility, reduced labor and energy inputs and, most importantly, the desire to continue farming!
In 2012 we realized the growing demand for grass-fed beef and decided to once again revamp our operation. We downsized the dairy herd and started a new breeding program that would allow us to build a dairy herd of 80, A2-Jersey milk cows and an Angus cow/calf herd that can continue to expand to meet our customer’s desires.
We use a breeding program that allows the cows to enjoy a rest period during January and February before calving again in early spring. This seasonal system enables the cow’s reproduction cycle to act in a more natural manner, matching her nutritional needs with the availability of pasture.
All of our animals are fed all-natural grain products and raised outside on pasture. Studies have shown that meat and dairy products from animals fed grass have higher levels of CLA and Omega 3, fatty acids that have been proven to aid in the fight against cancer and provide many additional health benefits.
Dairy and Angus steers are raised along with our dairy replacement heifers. These animals are fed minimal amounts of grain during the winter months to maintain body conditioning. During the summer months, these animals are on grass only. Steers are finished on a non-GMO specialty, grazing corn (fresh forage, not a silage) for 1 month prior to processing. This allows the meat to develop a delicate marbling that enhances the flavor and texture of the meat.