August 25, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn (RFDTV) - The Hess family of Bow Creek Farms just north of Hershey, Pennsylvania are first generation farmers with big city roots. Amy Hess worked for a money management firm in New York City and her husband Robb was in real estate. But that hasn't stopped Bow Creek from establishing a reputation for quality Red Angus cattle. They even supply the beef for the exclusive Hotel Hershey.

"I got the idea of direct marketing beef," said Hess, "so we wrote a letter to the chef at the hotel and from that point we had one or two meetings with him and we made arrangements for them to try 10-15 steers the first year. And they were very happy with the results of that test and we've continued to grow that relationship.  We think it's important to be a fresh, local product and the hotel was actively looking for. For them to find it so close to the hotel is pretty special too."

All of the feed for the cattle comes from the Hess farm which includes two-hundred acres of hay and another three-hundred acres in corn and soybeans. Hess attributes some of their success to the New Holland Big Baler 340. "With the computers and the moisture testers and acid applicators," said Hess, "you're guaranteeing a higher quality hat product then what we have been able to do in the past."

Find out more about Bow Creek Farms and watch the video above for more on the Hess family farm.