Welcome to Voogt Farms
Thank you for visiting our web site. We are serious about the business of raising superior registered Angus seedstock and maintaining a family farm.
We are a family owned and operated beef cattle farm that was begun in 1967. The home place is 170 acres of hay ground and pasture, and we rent an additional 125 acres of hay ground and a heifer development pasture. We are located in the apple producing ridge area of eastern Ottawa County and just 12 miles west of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The farm is operated by Gary and Shirley Voogt, who along with daughter Michele, live at the farm headquarters. Son Zachary and his wife Wendy, their twin boys Aaron and Jordan and daughter Madison, live on a second home on the farm. Daughter Kelly and her husband Marc Jacobsen and their sons Brandon, Neal and Benjamin own 5 acres adjacent to the farm and hope to build in the future. All of us are included in the operation.
Voogt Farms is home to 100 mother cows plus the calves and yearling bulls and heifers. The pastures are all fenced with high tensile and are rotationally grazed. All hay for winter feeding is produced on the farm. The cattle facilities include the original barn, which is used for hay storage and heifer development, a 54’x80’ machinery and hay storage building, two calving buildings, and a bull and steer development facility which includes an electronic scale and computerized weight/rate of gain recording system.
The farmstead was improved in 2002 to include a waste handling and retention basin/filter strip system to protect the environment and promote cattle well-being and health. Voogt Farms has been verified by the Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP). We participate in and are certified by USDA’s Comprehensive Manure Management Program. We are a TB-free farm, and have been certified negative for Johnes disease. Five family members have been tested and certified as Five State Quality Beef Producers.
In 2009 Voogt Farms was recognized by the American Angus Association as the 2nd largest Angus breeder in Michigan, plus first in the State in number of Pathfinder Dams, so we carry a lot of responsibility toward pure and valuable genetic improvement.
In 2006, Voogt Farms was recognized as the Michigan Cattlemen’s Association’s 2006 Purebred Breeder. In 2009, Gary served as President of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, culminating seven great years as an NCBA officer.
To view an NCBA Video introduction to Voogt Farms, click here.