Randleman Farms is a working family farm in the truest sense. It was built from the ground-up and is the primary source of income for both Chad and his partner Stephanie Pritchett.
Beef Cattle, Hogs, Hay
And it requires full-family participation, including Chad’s daughters Madison and Trinity, who routinely help with daily chores such as grinding grain, hand-feeding animals, and helping build hog shelters.
Even though Chad didn’t grow up in a farming family, his Grandfather and Uncle encouraged him to pursue his interest. When he was 12 years old, he began raising chickens, turkeys and rabbits and soon added a few hogs. He sold some of the meat to his school teachers. When he was 15, he had enough money to lease a small bit of land and begin farming on his own. It’s been his occupation and passion ever since.
Stephanie grew up in farming family, raising tobacco, small grains, beef cattle and nursery plants. Seven years ago, she and Chad joined forces, expanding their leased and owned land to support approximately 300 beef cattle and 450 hogs outdoors on pasture and in woodlots. They raise their own grain and hay for feed, sell feeder pigs to nearby farmers, feeder calves at regional livestock markets, and finished steers and top hogs to a variety of outlets, including Firsthand Foods.
Chad and Stephanie have a growth mindset when it comes to raising livestock. They read a lot, experiment, and observe their animals closely to learn from them. The concept of humane treatment goes without saying and is embodied in all of their practices.