LOCAL, PASTURE RAISED, YOUNG BEEF
Welcome to Wheatley Farm, where our pasture-raised beef reflects our commitment to land, livestock, and community. Please enjoy perusing our site to learn more about our care for each of these critical elements and how they go into creating a successful and sustainable farm.
About Our Farm
Wheatley Farm is a blend of the natural and cultivated where field and forest, hill and valley come together to form a landscape that is entirely unique, yet quintessentially Dutchess County. The livestock dotting the pastures of our hillside farm recall the agricultural heritage that is woven into New York’s cultural fabric.
The Budnik Family purchased the land that makes up present-day Wheatley through the early 1970s in order to help preserve the area’s agricultural heritage and open spaces. Since then, Wheatley has deepened its commitment to the land and community by eliminating the use of pesticides and herbicides, while also hosting such local groups as the Millbrook Hunt. We continue that commitment to the land by encouraging the growth of wild, natural habitat on much of our acreage, while also employing smart farming techniques that help enhance soil fertility and animal welfare on the remainder of the land.
Travis Pope joined the Wheatley Farm team in August 2012 as assistant manager. In July 2013, he became the full manager of the farm. Travis brings a lifetime of agricultural experience to Wheatley, having grown up in rural northwest Ohio on his family dairy farm. He then attended The Ohio State University and graduated in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Systems Management. He and his wife, Amanda, made the move to Dutchess County following her graduation from The Ohio State University veterinarian school in 2012. In October 2014, Travis and Amanda welcomed their daughter Elizabeth into the world. Travis has love for all things agriculture, whether it’s working on equipment or nursing newborn calves. Along with farming, Travis enjoys traveling and is a collegiate baseball umpire.
Our Farming Philosophy
Wheatley Farm has been responsibly raising a small herd of pasture-raised cattle for more than 35 years. Our farming philosophy starts with the land, continues to our livestock, and extends out to our customers and community.
Wheatley’s commitment to the communities it serves begins with a healthy respect for the land. For over 35 years, neither herbicide nor pesticide has touched the farm’s pastures or hay fields. Additionally, its hillside vantage point not only offers unparalleled views, but also provides uncontaminated spring-fed water sources. Finally, Wheatley has actively promoted farming practices that increase soil health, foster forest growth, and all around promote the health of native wildlife populations, creating a true, rural ecosystem.
The Pasture Raised Cattle:
Our careful stewardship of the land extends to the livestock that the land supports and so, the humane treatment of our animals is a job that we take seriously. Our cattle are raised on our 600 acres, most of which are rolling pasture land. The animals enjoy sunshine or shade. They graze and socialize as they please and are never contained indoors.
Our cows are bred to produce their calves in early Spring. Cows and calves are then turned out to pasture as grass is growing quickly. That way, the young calves benefit from both their mother's milk production and plentiful fresh grass. Locally sourced grains supplement their diet, as they become young beef, prime for processing just seven months later. They never see a feedlot, and never receive feed contaminated by antibiotics, hormones, or animal byproducts.
With its deep respect for land and livestock, Wheatley Farm passes the benefits of its careful management on to its community and customers. In addition to being a clean neighbor to surrounding properties and farms, our pasture-raised ethos means that our customers receive beef that is uncontaminated by chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and antibiotics. We think you’ll agree that this makes for a superior product from a health and culinary perspective.
We welcome visitors by appointment to see how we truly reflect the ideals of our mission. To make an appointment, or for more information contact Travis.