In 2013, we visited one of our meat vendors to learn more about their business. Red Barn Meats attends the Statehouse Market weekly with grain fed and grass fed beef, pork, lamb and goat.
Recently, we took a visit out to Red Barn Meats located in Johnson County. Red Barn Meats has attended the Statehouse Market all season providing you an option to purchase beef, pork, lamb and goat that is 100 percent natural, antibiotic and steroid-free. The business is owned and operated by Angela Abney, a junior Agribusiness major at Purdue, and her father Doug Abney. We talked with Doug about the business that his daughter started on her eighteenth birthday in 2011 and toured the family farm in Johnson County, just 30 minutes south of Indianapolis.
On how Red Barn Meats began
Doug: Angela started her business Red Barn Meats on her eighteenth birthday as an FFA project. She invested her own money and has turned it into a sustainable business. The project encouraged kids to make a business plan and this is how far her plan has advanced. She’s created a real business. I work for her now.
Angela was the Agricultural Sales Entrepreneurship State Winner at the Agribusiness State Convention in 2011 and 2012.
A little bit of everything on the farm
Doug: Currently we have 55 cattle, 12 lambs, 20 pigs, 12 goats and 60 or more chickens. We have a little bit of everything on a small scale. We raise Belted Galloway, one of the oldest breeds of cattle in the world. The cattle are raised to roughly 1100 pounds and from that you get about 650 pounds of meat. We need to sell one full-size animal per month to pay our current feed bill.
Naming the business was easy
Doug: When people come over to the farm they always talk about our big, red barn, so the business kind of named itself.
The Abneys and FFA
Doug: FFA has been very good to our family. It starts in 4H where kids learn important skills. My younger daughter Allie is deferring a year of college to serve as State FFA president in Trafalgar.
Where else can our customers find Red Barn Meats?
Besides the Statehouse Market, we are at three Saturday markets in Bloomington, Greenwood and Franklin in season. Customers can sign up for our mailing list for more information about purchasing products throughout the winter.
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