LB Porteus Farms earns Environmental Stewardship Award

The Ohio Cattlemen's Association gives award annually to a cattle producer who implements best practices to manage their environment
calendar icon 17 January 2024
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The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) awarded LB Porteus Farms of Coshocton, Ohio the Environmental Stewardship award at the Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet on Jan. 13, 2024, at the Hilton Polaris Hotel, Columbus, Ohio. This award was sponsored by Sakura Wagyu Farms.

The Environmental Stewardship award is presented to an Ohio beef farm who has demonstrated a strong commitment to being good stewards of their land, water and air resources, as well as their livestock and operates their farm in a sustainable manner. 

Recipients implement best practices to control water run-off, reduce damage in high-traffic feeding/watering areas, exercise good pasture management, preserve woodlands, and provide for wildlife. They often partner with government entities, such as Soil & Water Conservation Districts and the USDA NRCS to implement conservation measures.

LB Porteus Farms is a family operation run by Brent Porteus and his brother Knox Porteus, as well as Brent’s two daughters, Amy and Beth, in addition to Beth’s husband Cole Mullen and their two daughters Riley and Harper. LB Porteus Farms owns 250 commercial Angus cows that produce the cattle they feed for higher-end value added branded programs. LB Porteus Farms implements environmentally friendly practices, including facilities with appropriate manure storage and management, as well as manure fertilization on cover crops.

In addition, they have implemented new systems with cutting-edge technology in their operation to enhance environmental stewardship. One of these is an airation system that was created in Europe that helps to remove bacteria and reduce emissions. Also, they have added Lely’s Robotic Vector Feeding System to their operation that feeds the cattle automatically reducing fossil fuel usage, saves time and allows for more focus on the health and well-being of the cattle.

LB Porteus Farms’ main goal is to use resources they have currently to improve and enhance their farm for generations to come.

Sarah Mikesell


Sarah Mikesell grew up on a five-generation family farming operation in Ohio, USA, where her family still farms. She feels extraordinarily lucky to get to do what she loves - write about livestock and crop agriculture. You can find her on Twitter or LinkedIn.

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