Bushy Park Farm  

I grew to love and appreciate the cattle business by working with my grandfather on our family farm in Bokchito, Oklahoma. In 1981-1982, I served as the State Vice President of the Oklahoma FFA association traveling all over Oklahoma promoting agriculture and encouraging high school students to be the best at whatever they choose to do.

After graduating from college in 1986, I left the family farm and moved to Maryland to pursue a business career. I built a successful business utilizing cutting edge technology and using the skills that I learned growing up on the farm like, hard work, honesty and a 'never give up' attitude. I had always heard the saying “you can take the boy out of the country, but you can never take the country out of the boy.” Well this is certainly true with me. My passion for raising cattle and owning a farm remained.

I came to realize that I would never convince my wife and kids to move back to the farm in Oklahoma so I decided to look for land in Maryland. In 2006, I purchased 900 acres an hour outside of Washington, D.C. with a goal of putting together some of the best Maine Anjou’s in the country.

As you can imagine, most breeders would never let go of their best donor cows. As luck would have it, I met Fred DeRouchey and explained to him what I was trying to do. As most of you know, Fred, Joan and the whole DeRouchey Family had spent the past 14 years putting together one of the premier herds in the country and has been a leader in the promotion of the Maine Anjou breed through both the show ring and their yearly bull sales. After a few weeks of negotiations and the assurance from me that I am dedicated to staying on the cutting edge of the Maine Anjou breed, Fred agreed to sell me his entire herd to include his bank of semen from present and past champion bulls, as well his inventory of embryos.

The skill that has helped me to make my current business successful is the ability to pick the right people and trust their knowledge to keep the business moving forward. This is the same approach I am taking with this great set of cows. I have hired some of the best people in the business and with their help, we will continue to produce some of the best cattle not only in the Maine Anjou breed but, in my opinion, some of the best cattle of any breed.

Cory Thomsen will continue to be the head herdsman in Mitchell, SD. Cory has fitted and shown many champions for the DeRouchey’s and was named the American Maine Anjou Herdsman of the Year in 1998. Cory will be in charge of the South Dakota location where all of our Core and Donor Maine-Anjou’s, Simmental, Chi-Angus will reside.

Tommy Duke is our farm manager in Knoxville, Maryland, where we farm approximately 1000 acres of corn, soybean and wheat in addition to 900 acres of pasture and several hundred acres of hay. Tommy has been farming most of his life and has won several awards for corn production.

I am very proud of the Bushy Park Farm Cattle Co. team. With their help, I feel confident that this herd will continue to produce many show winners, as well as to be the premier producers of Maine Anjou bulls and show winning heifers for many years to come. Also look for us to start making an impact in the Angus Breed as well.

If you have any questions please feel free to give Cory a call.

Continuing The Maine-Anjou Tradition of Excellence.

Steve Robinson a former Oklahoma State FFA Vice President (1981) started Bushy Park Farm in 2006. A major acquisition that put Bushy Park Farm on the map was the purchase of DeRouchey Cattle Co.’s herd of Maine Anjou cattle in the spring of 2007. Robinson shares the same philosophies as the DeRouchey family when it comes to the cattle business, to produce the most functionally sound, high performing and eye appealing bulls in the business.

Robinson was attracted to the Maine Anjou breed because the cattle are so versatile, not only do they win in the show ring but they also excel in the real world. In so many breeds there is a huge gap between what works in the show ring and what works in the commercial cattleman’s herd. Maine Anjou bulls offer the cattleman Hybrid vigor with weaning weights that
are off the chart. Bushy Park Farms even has bloodlines that combine low Birth weights with higher than normal weaning weights.

If you are looking for a new herd bull, show heifer or replacement females The Bushy Park Farm annual production February 16th, 2008 is the place to be. Please call or email to request a sales catalog or feel free to ask any questions about our herd or to learn more about how the Maine Anjou breed is the best kept secret in the cattle business.

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