The Fairbairns -- Farming is a Family Affair
Lisnageer Farm, Coatesville, is home to 100 registered Angus cows. Bill Fairbairn, and his family, also make about 250 acres of grass hay to support the cow herd and sell to other local beef operations. Bill’s wife Cheryl and their two children, Caitlin and Ryan, are integral parts of their operation.
The farm was established in 1982, with the purchase of two Angus cows from Mr. Conrad Grove, manager of the Deveruex Soleil Farm in Downingtown. The herd grew from that initial purchase into what it is today. Bill and Cheryl enjoyed working with animals as children showing 4-H livestock as well as horses. Bill’s father had a small herd of cattle and Bill decided to follow suit and start his own herd after graduating from Penn State University.
The cow herd is run on grass fields native to Chester County. Bulls are marketed in the Midwest and feeder cattle are sold to local feed lots in Lancaster and Lebanon counties. Lisnageer Farm also markets registered cattle to other purebred breeders across the state. They say the most rewarding part of their operation is watching the herd’s genetic development as they utilize information garnered from the American Angus Association’s Angus Herd Improvement Records program and DNA testing to make breeding decisions. The Fairbairn’s enjoy watching the calves grow during the spring and summer months and seeing the satisfaction of customers and consumers who utilize their product.
Cattle care is extremely important to Lisnageer Farm. All 100 cows are looked at each and every day. Any problems that arise, which are few and far between, are cared for immediately. The cattle are provided fresh grass and water during the summer and ample shade to escape the sun. During the winter, cows are kept outside and provided round bale hay and ample windbreaks in case of inclement weather. Fresh running water is always available as well. The Fairbairns utilize stream bank fencing and protected stream crossings, watering areas developed by the conservation district. A solar pumping system with gravity flow to pump water from a pond up hill and into water tanks to keep cattle fenced out of the pond is also in place. They also utilize a voluntary nutrient management plan to import manure that provides excellent fertilizer for the grass hay.
The cattle receive the utmost care and the products they produce, along with their feedlot partners, is of the best quality you can find. The beef produced from these cattle is safe and wholesome. They are true stewards of the land and do everything possible to ensure clean water and a clean environment.
In addition to their dedicated life on the farm, the Fairbairns are also members of St. Cecila Parish in Coatesville. Bill serves on the Ag Security Zone committee for West Caln Township, and they are members of the SE Cattlemen’s Association, the PA Cattlemen’s Association, PA Farm Bureau, PA Angus Association and the American Angus Association.