Westerlo New York
Gerry Boone farms approximately 800 acres of crops, hay, and pastureland in the rolling hills of hills of southern Albany County, just north of the town of Westerlo. One of 11 children, he moved to the farm with his family in 1968 and has been there ever since. Although his father wasn't a farmer, it turned out Gerry was, and after finishing a degree in Applied Animal Agriculture at SUNY-Cobleskill, he took on the farm full-time.
Today Gerry finishes about 100+ steers each year from his home-grown cow herd of Angus and Charolais cattle. Except for bulls purchased locally from Trowbridge Angus in Ghent, NY, the herd is pretty much closed. He raises all his own feed (corn, corn silage, hay, and oats) for the cows, some meat goats and his Percheron and Belgian draft horses.
Gerry says that he really enjoys farming and doing a good job of feeding cattle. He gets help on the farm from his wife Laura, who is a vet, and his son Jack (age 12).