Raising quality meat cattle is labor of love for couple

Raising quality meat cattle is labor of love for couple

By Heather Stanek

The Fon Du Lac Reporter

AUPUN — To farmers Erika Jensen and Joel Goodlaxson, healthy meat starts with energetic, well-fed calves.

The 161-year-old Hickory Ridge Farm, at W9502 Oak Center Road, Waupun, is home to 16 young beef steers. Jensen and Goodlaxson also have older cattle to provide meat for customers.

Goodlaxson said the animals may not be certified organic, but he and Jensen try to raise them using the healthiest methods possible. Animals eat few grains and lots of good-quality hay, even though some curious ones enjoy an occasional nibble on people’s sleeves or jeans.

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