Farmer Profile for Steve Schubart

Please describe your past and/or present farming experience

I grew up on a hobby farm in Lincoln, Vermont. I’m a graduate of Vermont Tech with a Bachelor of Science in Diversified Agriculture and an Associate Degree in Dairy Herd Management. I have 10 years of combined experience on both midsize and large grass-fed and organic beef operations, dairy, sheep, swine, poultry, produce production, produce sales, and farmers’ market management and sales. I grew up working on diversified farms, but never considered farming a viable career path until I worked on a successful grass-fed beef ranch in Sonoma County, California while pursuing a degree in Economics at Santa Rosa Junior College. I realized my passion for agriculture was greater than my passion for economics. A year later, I moved back to Vermont, transferred to a degree in Diversified Agriculture at Vermont Tech, and started the business planning process. After graduation, I took a job in the bovine genetics industry. Where I served as the AI Technician Team Leader and Reproduction Consultant for Vermont and Northern New York. That same year, I founded Grass Cattle Company LLC, a grass-fed beef finishing operation with a mission to produce beef that's good for the consumer, cattle, and land. I started in spring 2016 with 30 feeder cattle on leased pasture land in Shoreham, VT. With management intensive rotational grazing, I averaged around two lbs. of gain per animal, per day throughout the entire grazing season. I wholesale the majority of my beef and also market direct-to-consumer at www.grasscattlecompany.com Today I'm the Executive Director of the Adirondack Grazers Cooperative, a farmer-owned cooperative of about 80 grass-fed beef producers throughout the Northeast who market cattle to wholesale buyers. www.adkgrazers.com Additional Skills: Herd-management software analysis, Microsoft Office, QuickBooks, Website design (I built both of the websites listed in this section) Photo editing, Carpentry, and Logging

Are you currently farming?

Yes

Are you interested in connecting with other farmers to explore collocation or collaborative farm ideas?

Yes

Counties being considered

Addison
Chittenden
Franklin
Grand Isle
Lamoille
Rutland
Washington

What types of enterprises are you considering?

Apple/Fruit
Beef
Berries
Christmas Trees
Dairy (cows)
Flowers
Grains
Greenhouse
Hay/Forage
Herbs
Hogs
Livestock
Maple Sugaring
Nursery
Pasture
Poultry
Row Crops
Sheep
Vegetables
Woodlot

Total Acres Desired

100.0

Tillable Acres

100.0

Acres in Pasture

100.0

Organic

No

Farmhouse Needed

Doesn't matter

Equipment Needed

Minimum needs for a Grass Cattle Company pasture lease: 50 acres of preferably flat, preferably perimeter fenced pasture. Access to water for livestock. Preferably has cattle handling facilities for loading/processing cattle. Preferably has limited access to a tractor. I'm also looking to purchase a farm in Addison or Chittenden County for diversified agriculture with focus on grass-fed beef production and other pasture-based meats.

Which of the following arrangements are you considering?

Apprentice with a Farm Owner for a Year or More
Farm Manager
Lease with Option to Buy
Long-Term Lease
Owner-Financed Sale
Partnership
Short-Term Lease
Standard Sale
Work to Own (Gradual Transfer of Responsibility & Farm Assets)

Have you been qualified by a lending institution? (if applicable)

No

Are you interested in conserved farms?

Yes

Do you have a business plan? Please write an informative description of your vision & goals for your farming future.

I have a business plan and financial records for Grass Cattle Company LLC. I'm interested in all opportunities, but my goal is to purchase a farm for diversified agricultural enterprises with a focus on grass-fed beef. I'm primarily interested in Addison and Chittenden County. Grass Cattle Company produces market-ready, grass-fed beef that’s good for the consumer, cattle, and land. We are a nature and data-driven company with a focus on proper resource allocation through research, data collection, and market analytics. We pair livestock based on weight, body condition, age, genetics, and target market with the proper pasture (based on quality and production) then channel our products to appropriate markets. We are adamant about producing the finest quality product on the plate and in the pasture. The critical secondary product to our beef is pasture enhancement. Pasture quality is key for reaching target average daily gains. We know that proper rotational grazing improves the pasture and ensures quality feed for our animals. We have worked with and continue to work with grazing experts from around the state to develop optimal grazing plans and practices. Our tertiary product is data. We track and record all segments of operations including pasture production, animal performance, individual market returns, grazing plans, and expenses. We research, track, and record these segments of our business because of their importance in making management decisions. Our objective is to match pasture production with livestock performance.