Address: 1935 280 Ave, Kellerton IA 50133 / (515) 971-8462
About Us / Ebersole Cattle Co. History: Raises Animal Welfare Approved beef cattle.\n\nShanen and Beau Ebersole moved to Kellerton, a small town “down in the hills,” 80 miles south of Des Moines, Iowa in 1999 to raise a family. Although Shanen had raised horses, she was a city girl who says she never would have considered eating an animal she had known—until she married a cattleman. After five years of raising a small herd and selling their calves in the conventional market, the Ebersoles began finishing their cattle on the farm in a rotational grazing system. This allowed them to focus on what Shanen says is “truly the most important thing—how we handle and care for the cattle.” Ensuring high-welfare husbandry practices for their cattle also ensures better quality beef that results in better tasting steak, she believes.\n\nEbersole Cattle Co. is home to Maine-Anjou beef cattle, a rare breed in the United States desired for their quick maturity and easy temperaments. Because of their good dispositions, Shanen, with the help of her three children—ages 11, 8 and 4—can move the cattle by herself. In addition to cattle, the Ebersoles also raise Quarter horses and manage their cattle on horseback.\n\nHigh-welfare animal husbandry clearly improves the lives of Shanen’s cattle, but she is also very proud of the benefit that their management practices have had on the habitat of the 160 acres that they own, as well as 500 additional acres that they have been renting for the last 10 years. As a result of their rotational grazing system, soil quality has improved, leading to better quality forage. Bird populations are increasing and deer populations are healthier. With the help of a 2011-2012 AWA Good Husbandry Grant, Shanen and Beau are continuing to conserve and repair habitat by using mobile solar pumps to keep their cattle out of pristine natural ponds on their rented lands.\n\nIn addition to running a small business with the help of her family, Shanen also writes a blog, Green Ranching Mom, about her experiences as a cow girl and mother in rural Iowa.