Dennis Byrne -- Herr Angus Farm
Dennis Byrne is the farm manager for Herr Angus Farm, a division of Herr Foods, a family owned snack food company that’s located in Nottingham, PA. This cattle farm has the one time capacity to feed 600 head of cattle. Depending on the markets and the immediate demand, their feedlot may be full of high quality beef cattle for domestic production or they may be housing breeding stock for export to eastern Europe or western Asia.
In addition to the feedlot, Herr Angus has 150 brood cows. One hundred calve in the spring and fifty calve in the fall. Many calves are the result of embryo transfer and artificial insemination and go on to be seed stock for many area purebred and commercial farmers.
Although Dennis was not originally from a farm, he and his family always enjoyed good wholesome beef. After college, Dennis pursued a career with Angus cattle. Breeding, showing, caring for and eating good Angus beef, and working outdoors are his true passions in life. This lifestyle has given his wife Dottie, and their three children, great opportunities to laugh and work together on a beautiful southeast PA farm. Dennis has three full time employees as well as one part-time high school student and one summer college student intern. Their overall team approach has led to great improvements on their 1,400 acres of pasture, hay and crop land. Also, the performance and quality of their cattle continues to improve each and every year. When a customer calls and tells Dennis and his team how much they enjoyed their beef purchase, they know that they are meeting their goals and expectations.
Herr Angus Farm hosts numerous tours and events to show consumers and food service personnel how quality beef is raised and, furthermore, how agricultural resources are used to provide safe food not only now but in the future.
Herr Angus Farm is committed to the beef industry for the long haul. Their synergism with the snack food company provides a green use of by-products thru the reuse and recycling of snack foods and process water. Their cattle and hay fields provide a natural means for managing the food processing residuals. The team continues to look for other areas to help keep their footprint green. Their current focus is installing a Methane digester to produce their own electricity and composting solids to supply area residents with a natural soil amendment.
Dennis says, “I consider it a great privilege and responsibility to feed a hungry world with high quality, safe and nutritious beef, while using the best management practices possible for the well-being of our livestock and land.”