Welcome to Acabonac Farms, the premier local pasture finished beef company headquartered on the beautiful eastern end of Long Island, where our cattle roam freely on the banks of the Atlantic Ocean.
Most people don't associate Long Island with cattle farming, but the East End is actually home to one of the oldest ranches in the United States. Cows have been grazing here for over 350 years.
What's the secret to the success of cattle ranching on Long Island? Our long growing season, fertile soils, coastal terrain, and sea salt-infused air. Acabonac derived from an American Indian word, meaning root, is committed to celebrating the sustainable farming practices of the past while growing new agricultural roots right here on Long Island.
What is pasture finished beef? It means our cattle eat pesticide-free, natural grasses for their entire lives. When you see our cows grazing freely on East End pastures, the difference in our cattle raising practices is clear. Its quality local beef you can trust. Isn't that how all beef cattle are raised?
Although most of the cattle in the US spend their first few months living with their mothers and eating grass, they're quickly sold to commercial feedlots where they're confined in crowded corrals and fed grain antibiotics and growth hormones designed to fatten them quickly so they'll sell for the highest price possible. The result is less healthy cows. They require powerful antibiotics that are ultimately passed on to you, whether you realize it or not.
What's different about Acabonac Farms beef? Michael Pollan said it best. "We are what we eat, but of course that's only part of the story. We are what we eat eats too." A cow's digestive tract is specifically designed to eat grasses. When they spend their whole lives on peaceful pastures eating what nature intended, cows are healthier and happier and happy, healthy cows produce beef that's more nutritious and delicious.
Acabonac beef is a product of our local ecosystem. You can taste the flavors of our high-quality soil, lush forage and sea salt air in every bite. Pasture finished beef is also good for the environment. By using rotational grazing, our pasture finished cattle help to build soil health and in turn, assist in sequestering carbon dioxide gases, which limits the effects of climate change.
Acabonac Farms never uses synthetic fertilizers, harmful pesticides, insecticides or herbicides on our pastures. Buying Acabonac Farms beef isn't only good for you, the cows and the planet, it's also good for our community. Through partnerships with local farms, we assure healthier land, the protection of our green spaces and the future of our farmers. Together we're creating new agricultural jobs right here on Long Island.