About Our Farm
Quality Beef. Sustainable Practices.
At 804 Cattle Company, our animals are our first priority.
Our cattle are finished naturally, meaning that they spend every day of their life on pasture at our family farm in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Because we know that happy, healthy cattle make the best beef, we have an extensive preventive care program, raise our cattle in accordance with Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Standards and use gentle handling practices. We also work with the county and federal conservation services to make sure that our farming practices are sustainable and do not negatively impact the environment or the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
Our herd is maintained daily by a licensed veterinarian, who lives on the land. In fact, we have three generations of our family living on the land and maintaining our herd daily to ensure we deliver everything you expect.
Here is what you can expect from the 804 brand:
Local, Pasture-raised beef
No added growth hormones
No unnecessary antibiotics
Gentle handling practices
Sustainable, environmentally friendly management of the land
Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Certified
Veterinarian managed herd
Lowlines and South Polls
The predominant breeds that we have at 804 Cattle Company are Lowline (American Aberdeen) Angus and South Poll cattle.
American Aberdeen cattle were developed at the Trangie Research Centre in New South Wales, Australia. Animal Scientists began with a herd of registered Champion Angus cattle, purchased in 1929, that were carefully selected for high quality and small size. The end result was a breed of small, black, polled cattle with pure Angus genetics.
South Poll Cattle are a composite breed of Hereford, Barzona, Red Angus and Senepol cattle developed by Teddy Gentry of the band, Alabama. This breed was developed to excel in hot humid climates on pasture.
At 804, we picked these breeds for many reasons:
These cattle are bred to be very easy going and make excellent mothers
Very feed efficient and finish well on grass pasture-- this means that they work well with our sustainability goals and pasture rotational grazing
The meat has excellent taste and tenderness characteristics
They finish at a size that is perfect for families to purchase in quarters and halves
Photo Credit: ©Rebecca Drobis
Keeping Our Land Healthy
At 804 we are passionate both about the health of our animals and the health of our land. We work with federal and state entities to develop grazing, fertilization, and pasture management plans to ensure that we are following scientifically based best-practices.
Fencing with measured stand-offs so that animal waste run-off is minimized to the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
Soil testing- we test each pasture to analyze the nutrients requirements and apply lime and fertilizer only at the approved rates. We also apply these in accordance with a nutrient management plan that we received from Maryland Department of Agriculture, Nutrient Management Program
Rotational Grazing has many health benefits for the health of the animals and for the health of the land. We maintain multiple pastures with a central waterer so that our pastures have adequate time to grow and rest. Photo Credit: ©Rebecca Drobis
At 804 Cattle Company, we do everything possible so that our animals won’t need antibiotics. We make sure that they receive the appropriate vaccinations, have access to minerals and vitamins, nutritious hay and clean water. We also do everything to try to minimize their stress at weaning by doing a staged weaning process. But things happen and sometimes our animals get sick and need antibiotics. Given our backgrounds in human and animal health, we believe that it would be unethical not to treat an animal if a treatment is available, so, if needed, we will give antibiotics under the care of a licensed veterinarian. We maintain health records on all of our animals so that we know which animal received an antibiotic, on what day and at what dose. This allows us to be good stewards of antibiotics and protect the welfare of our animals.
To whom much is given, much will be required
We know we have been blessed beyond measure, and are committed to 804 paying it forward to our community and the next generation.
We use the farm to educate children and college students that are interested in regenerative agriculture, raising cattle, and large animal veterinary medicine. Annually, we have enjoyed hosting the Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture's Veteran Farmer Program to share our successes and failures with veterans interested in getting into farming. We have also hosted local legislators to educate them on farming needs in PG County.