Gauker Farms is privileged to provide local, wholesome, grain-fed beef for you and your family.
At Gauker Farms, we take pride in keeping our business within our local agricultural community. We purchase Holstein calves from our neighboring dairies and friends. Our calves are fed a milk replacer purchased at our local feed mill until they are ready to begin to eat grain which is also from our local mill. This grain is high in protein and nutrients that help our young calves grow. Once they are able, they are fed a grain mix of corn and soybeans we raise on our 260 acre farm. During the late summer and fall, when grass is plentiful, our steers are out on pasture where they can eat plenty of grass. When the grass is dormant in the winter and early spring, we feed hay that we have stored for them that we grew on our farm during the busy-but-sunny summer months.
Why Holsteins? They marble well, taste great, and we are able to provide beef year round instead of just certain times per year (farms with strictly beef breeds typically keep to spring and sometimes a fall calving season, and steers are ready to harvest about 15-18 months later leaving some months when beef is typically unavailable).
Thank you for allowing us to provide safe, local beef for you and your family to enjoy.
We have high hopes of one day raising pork again. At this time, we do not have any. We have purchased pork for our family from Goose Lane Egg Farm and Pasture Song Farm, and would encourage you to do the same. Or, purchase a 4-H or FFA hog from a young farmer at your local fair and take it to a local butcher. We’ve done that for years (and been those young people in the ring) and we encourage you to do the same!
Are you a farm store or caterer that is interested in using or offering local beef? We’ve been wholesaling beef for 5 years now, and we think we’ve got it down now. Email Jodi for a price sheet and to learn if we may be able to meet or help with your needs.