Alderson Farms Akaushi (AFA) is family owned and operated by Rodney and Lisa Alderson. In 1994, after being in the United States Navy for nine years, Rodney and Lisa longed to return to Missouri to be closer to their families. Upon their move home, they started a small cow herd. Their agriculture backgrounds drove the desire for their three children to experience a childhood on the farm. Over the next ten years, Rodney and Lisa backgrounded calves and expanded that operation to 500 head at any given time. Meanwhile, Rodney balanced family, farming and working full time off the farm and has for the last twenty-five years. This workload made it feasible to instill in their children that hard work pays off.
In 2013, they set roots in Ozark County, located in south-central Missouri. It was easy to fall in love with the beautiful Ozark scenery and surrounding lakes – Lake Norfolk and Bull Shoals. This location was a perfect fit for Rodney and Lisa due to the area offering so many different outside opportunities to share with family – which has always been an intricate part of what family means to them. It is here that Rodney and Lisa returned to a commercial cow-calf operation, comprised of mostly Angus/Simmental cross females with mild Brahma influence and started the venture to raise purebred and half-blood Akaushi.
To start their Akaushi bloodlines and create Alderson Farms Akaushi, Rodney and Lisa purchased one purebred female and two bulls from Heartbrand Ranch in San Antonio, Texas. Through in-vitro fertilization, AFA started developing its embryo program in the fall of 2017 creating a genetic pool with numerous embryo and natural service derived animals. The decision to bring the Akaushi bloodline into their herd was derived upon the extraordinary health benefits that Akaushi brings to the beef breed. The higher concentration of monounsaturated fat relative to saturated fat can lead to lower cholesterol, the prevention of coronary heart disease, and weight loss according to the American Heart Association. Also, it is a significant source of oleic acid – the compound in olive oil that the USDA promotes is good for the heart. We proudly raise healthy, flavorful beef that we would love to share with you from our Farm to your Table.
Please contact us with any interest in beef, embryos, donors or bulls.