Garret Farms was established in 1976 as a crop farm, consisting of about 135 acres. In 1988, the first full time manager, John Tomlin, was hired and a group of commercial Hereford cows was purchased. Through time, more land was purchased and the commercial herd grew. In 1997, a landmark year, the first purebred Angus came to Garret Farms and a new breeding program was initiated.
At the present time, the herd consists of about 300 brood cows, half commercial and the other half purebred Angus. The commercial cattle are marketed locally, consisting of mainly black-baldies. The purebred Angus herd has a significant embryo transfer program, consisting of about 14 donors—including: the dam of Traveler 004, the dam of RES Exceed and Volunteer, the dam of On Target, the dam of Neutron 377, the dam of Vermilion Payweight, the dam of BAR EXT Traveler 205, BR Midland’s full sister, an Expectation out of GAR Precision 2536, and the list goes on. Artificial Insemination is used extensively in the herd, as well as some natural cover through some of the Garret Farms’ herd sires, such as Garret’s Day Ahead 007, a maternal brother to the popular Traveler 004 sire.
Owner and manager, Garret Matteo, says that “these females were selected in true confidence of what we believe our customers can move forward with in their own breeding programs each and every year.” The farm now consists of 10 separate homesteads and totals over 2,500 acres, mostly located in Hillsdale, NY, with four employees. Garret Farms participates in sales nationwide, including an annual production sale; the New York State Angus Female Sale in May-which will be hosted by Garret Farms this year; a joint bull sale on the first Saturday in May; and many others. For more information on any upcoming sales, donors, or if you would like more information on Garret Farms, you can browse through the rest of our Web site.
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