Stockmen are raising herds of Black Angus, Herefords, or longhorns on their 10-300 acre fields, "finishing" them in feed lots using locally-grown grain and hay.
The size of a herd is limited by a farm's acreage. Calvert is a small county and the original farms that grew cash crops of tobacco and corn were relatively small. Herds vary from 8-10 to 60-80 animals. Proper breeding rules are followed.
Grass in the Summer, hay in the Winter, and grain in the Spring
Some of the beef is sold locally at the Spider Hall Farm Stand on Route 231. Some of the stockmen ship their cattle to auction in Westminster Maryland or Fredericksburg Virginia.