Lunsford Ridge Farm has been family-owned and operated for over 20 years. The property was purchased in 1997 from the Hamilton family by Walt Lunsford. The property began as a rolling 252 acres with creeks, ponds, and several long ridges that served as tobacco and hay fields. Since then, the operation has grown into a 1,000 acre working cattle farm across two locations: the original farm in Bracken County and an additional farm in Robertson County, purchased in 2016 from the Hester Estate.
Walt purchased the farm originally as a place for refuge for he and his family. He and his son, Chase, like to hunt and fish, and his wife, Margaret, likes the outdoors as well. In December of 2003, Chase saw an advertisement in a local paper for Texas Longhorns for sale. After a couple of visits to the farm just north of Cincinnati, they left with five unregistered Longhorns. Chase had his Christmas present for the year!
They were fascinated by the animals and soon became interested in the registered Longhorn business. Over the next three years, they bought more registered Longhorns, including “Matisse” and a bull that became our herd sire, “Unforgotten.” They are currently selling grass-fed, grass finished beef from the Longhorn calves raised.
In 2007, they entered the feeder calf business, and purchased several hundred 500lb calves each year. They were raised to 850lb and sold via internet sales.
The fall of 2014 marked the end of the backgrounding operation and the beginning of the current cow-calf operation. They purchased a group of bred Angus heifers from the Mikkelson Ranch in Central Montana. In 2015 another group was purchased from the Stevenson’s Diamond Dot Ranch in Hobson, Montana along with Registered Angus herd bulls out of their superior genetics. Today, the cow-calf operation runs 250 pair.
Lunsford “Legacy Beef” began supplying local customers and restaurants with high quality, ethically raised, Certified Angus beef. All of the beef is born, pasture grazed and grain finished for 90 days on the farm. There are no added growth hormones and are antibiotic free.
Currently, the farm has 550 head of cattle, chickens, a seasonal garden, and as of 2020, fifteen bee hives. The business continues to expand, and we are excited about the future of the farm.
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