Gerry Boone, owner of Golden Acres Charolais Beef Farm, is practically a “one-man show,” which is amazing given everything the farm does. Here, Charolais and Angus cattle make their home in these 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, Gerry 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 about 250 steers each year from his homegrown herd. 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 cows, some meat goats, and his Percheron and Belgian draft horses. Though some days are complicated, overall Gerry really loves farming. He also gets help on the farm from his wife Laura, who is a vet, and his son Jack.