Westerlo New York
Gerry Boone farms approximately 800 acres of crops, hay, and pastureland in the rolling 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 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 herd and his Percheron horses. Gerry says that he enjoys caring for his cattle and watching them grow. He gets help on the farm from his wife Laura - who is a vet, and his son Jack. The Boone family recently celebrated Golden Acres’ 50 year anniversary.