5th Generation Farmers
Rugenstein Family Farm started in 1994 when Randy and Karen Rugenstein bought their daughters Becky and Amy purebred Simmental heifers. Their farm is on a parcel of land that was part of Karen's family farm located in the heart of the Finger Lakes in Canandaigua, New York. From the moment the heifers arrived at their farm the family worked together to select elite bulls and grow their herd genetics that are still part of their operation today. Amy and Becky spent their summers traveling to local, state and national shows exhibiting Simmental cattle.
Becky ventured to college at Michigan State University where she majored in Agriculture Business and Amy to Kansas State University where she majored in Animal Science. Randy owns and operates a trucking and grain elevator business and Karen is a farm loan manager for the USDA. Randy and Karen sure instilled the love of agriculture into their daughters. Becky works for a local bank as an ag lender and Amy works for extension as a 4-H educator.
In 2012 Amy and her husband Mike started to raise market hogs to finish as freezer pork as part of Rugenstein Family Farm. Starting in 2013 Rugenstein Family Farm started raising steers to finish for freezer beef and most recently started offering retails cuts. The farm uses rotational grazing to optimize soil health and provide ample grazing for both our cow/calf operation and finishing operation. Rugenstein Family Farm’s beef and pork are both raised on pasture and are offered free choice grain and hay to provide marbling and tenderness that make our product so tasty!
Amy and Mike are raising their children Grant and Laramie as a 5th generation on the farm instilling their love for cattle, hogs and agriculture. Becky and her husband Tom and their daughter Addison have started their own small Simmental cow/calf operation using Rugenstein Family Farm genetics, located in Geneva, New York.
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