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Lucas Farms is located in the Ozark Highlands of central Missouri, an area of rolling, heavily wooded hills first settled in the late 1700s. By the 1840s, German Catholics began immigrating to the area. Since that time, it has been mostly agricultural with small centers of commerce, many dating from trading settlements along early railroad lines and the Missouri River.

First major buildings on the farm were built in the 1870s by a German brewery family in Westphalia, a town about 15 miles away. It seems that brewery crops evolved into other cropping by the 1940s and a dairy operation in the 50s.

Farm buildings

Albert Hilkemeyer purchased the land and put buildings up for chicken and egg production. That's probably when beef cattle, in larger numbers, first appeared on the land as well. Upon his death, Albert willed the farm to his niece, Gertrude Lucas.

Gertrude was a school teacher in St. Louis who never married. She owned the farm for many years, hiring local people (from Westphalia) to develop an outstanding Angus herd and sterling business reputation.

The farm still honors her name and harbors Angus cattle from that original bloodline.

When Gertrude died, she willed the farm to Anna Boenker of Bridgeton, MO. Anna, one of ten children, took care of Gertrude, a long-time family friend of her parents, during the last years of her life.

Anna married Don Strong in 1990. Since then, they have carried on the farm in Gertrude's name.

bullet Lucas Farms has been in the beef cattle business for almost 50 years, though in the Boenker-Strong family for only the last 20 or so. The core activity is nurturing commercial calves for others to augment their own herds or prepare for the beef market. All calves are artificial-hormone free.

bullet We sell commercial Angus-based Heifers to other producers, at private treaty, after spring and fall roundup when we wean calves from their mothers. Spring roundup calves are all natural, hormone and antibiotic free.

bullet We market Angus-based heifer and
steer calves
through commercial sale barns for the feeder market, timed following spring and fall roundup.

bullet We make pasture veal available through the Sassafras Valley Farm website. Connie Cunningham provides fine natural geese, ducks and caviar, along with our veal, for shipment all over the world.

Calves born fall 2012

bullet We are a local Central Missouri food resource as well. Given the market and local consumer interest, we will sell calves for private butchering. That may include custom feeding according to buyer end-product requirements. Since the farm is involved with Osage County Agritourism efforts and a Regional Cuisines intiative, it is likely that consumers could even visit the farm to see how natural beef you see in the grocery store begins life on the farm.

Cow with new calf

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