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Raising beef in north carolina

Raising beef is a complex process, but throughout the entire journey, one thing remains constant – the shared commitment to raising cattle in a safe, humane and environmentally sustainable way by using the latest technology and resources.  North Carolina has over 810,000 cattle (including dairy) in all one hundred counties. Our farmers are diligent in their care for animals, land, and have future generations in mind.


Shipley Family Farm

After more than a century of farming in Vilas, NC, the Shipley family launches a new direct to consumer beef operation that is true to Mr. R.G. Shipley, Sr.'s agricultural education roots. Watch to learn how the Shipley's are helping connect their product to consumers who want to know more about how their foods are raised and grown.

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Circle D Farm

Family tradition is the foundation for Circle D Beef, LLC. Oscho Deal and his son Eric are the 5th and 6th generations to call the farm in China Grove, NC home.

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Mills Family farm

As all farmers are, Bradley and Nicole are extremely passionate about what they do and enjoy receiving consumer questions. They welcome the public to tour their farm and they even have a store on the farm where you can purchase their produce!

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Cattle farmers drink from the same stream

Learn about neighboring cattle farmers in the piedmont region of North Carolina and how they work together to take care of their animals.

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gate to plate tour- feed the dialogue nc

After touring cattle farms, food writers share their thoughts and experiences.

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