Ridgetop Farms operates a
180 acres beef cattle farm in Cherry Ridge Township, Wayne
County, PA. The two principal commodities produces are Angus
feeder cattle and quality hay. Each spring Ridgetop
buys 80-100 feeder calves ranging from 500-650 lbs and
grazes them for approximately 180 days. Cattle are then
generally moved to commercial feedlots where they are fed a
controlled corn and alfalfa ration for 120 to 200 days to
insure tenderness, before harvesting. Our beef products may
be purchased from one of the Lancaster County, PA feedlots.
We buy as many calves as
possible from local cow-calf producers - in April and May -
and then import the remainder from the Southeastern U.S.
The owners of Ridgetop are
proud Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Certified producers. All
cattle are raised, processed and transported in accordance
with Pennsylvania and National Cattlemen Beef Association
BQA standards. All cattle are electronically identified and
complete medical and life cycle records are maintained.
Ridgetop also produces and
markets approximately 120 tons of quality hay annually. This
hay is baled in small square bales and contains a mix of
clover, orchard grass and timothy. It is marketed locally
and Commonwealth wide to wholesalers, equine owners, dairy
and beef producers to exotic animal breeders.