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Exploring Life & Business with Savannah Brooks of Brooks Cattle Company

Today we’d like to introduce you to Savannah Brooks.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
My husband, Jacob, and I are the humans behind Brooks Cattle Company. Our story has so much excitement and it’s my favorite to tell. BCC was started in 2015 when my husband (then a junior in high school) started his herd with six cows. Over the course of seven years, the herd has grown to about thirty head.

Shortly after getting married in October 2021, we bought the farm that has been in his family for over a century. In the past, cow-calf has been the main operation. This means there is a herd of permanent cows that are bred every year to produce calves that are then sold at eight to ten months of age. Since taking over the farm we have started a few more operations including the feeder calf operation and the beef business.

We have also added two holsteins to the mix. Any time I tell someone that we have cows, they immediately ask if we sell beef. Starting a business selling meat isn’t easy and I suppose you could say we put it off for a while. That was until COVID hit. With a little extra time, we were able to brainstorm our business plan.

We did not yet have the resources to start selling but it did give us the motivation to put our plan into motion. The next step was to take my husband, who is a very traditional farmer, into branching out of our comfort zone and taking risks. We were newlyweds, farmers, and I was a college student. We were broke. We did not have room to start something like this.

For Christmas in 2021, my mom gifted me the “Five Mary Farms Small Business Accelerator” program. I was able to take what I learned from it and start our beef business. Jacob agreed to test it out and we have had more success than we ever imagined!

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Absolutely not. Farming and smooth are two words you will very rarely see in a sentence together. There is always a piece of equipment breaking or a cow getting out. Buying the farm was also pretty scary. You don’t see many 22-year-olds buying farms anymore. It was one of those types of struggles where we just had to do our best and let God do the rest. Starting a business is NOT easy whatsoever.

Our biggest struggle with the beef business was money. I wanted to start this business with no loans which are why it took us a little longer to get started. From having to pay crazy registration fees to get the beef processed, I thought we were never going to get started.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Brooks Cattle Company LLC?
Flavor. Quality. Healthy. Honesty. These are our top four priorities when producing our beef. I want to be as transparent as possible with people about our meat. Whether it is through our social media or just a conversation, people shouldn’t have to wonder where their food comes from and how it was raised. Our cattle graze on 60-plus acres and don’t leave our farm so the use of antibiotics is unnecessary.

Our cattle are grass-fed and finished on grain to help give the meat taste and marbling. With that being said, in everything we do, we do it with our cattle in mind. Our first priority is to make sure they are happy, healthy, and safe.
I am most proud that I get to glorify God by serving others by using my resources to allow our customers to gain access to safe and ethical foods they can eat with confidence.

When I meet someone new, I basically say “Hey, my name is Savannah and I am a farmer!” We are so incredibly proud to call ourselves 6th generation farmers. We are excited to have this opportunity to take what Jacob’s grandparents and his ancestors have built and prepare it for the next generation.

Any big plans?
“Have goals big enough to make people say they’re impossible.” This is a piece of advice my dad has always given my siblings and me. My ultimate goal for our beef business is to open up a market where our meat is available along with other local goods from small farmers.

I would also love to have a small restaurant attached to it. I am looking forward to growing this business into a resource that locals can have access to and use with confidence.

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