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Offering excellent products and warm customer service, multi-generational family businesses in Arkansas are some of the finest, and Wahrmund Farms is no exception. Nestled at the base of picturesque Petit Jean Mountain near Morrilton in Conway County, you will find a bustling cattle ranch that produces prime beef, the quality of which you will be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. Part of what makes this farming operation so unique is the family that not only owns it but also operates every aspect of it. From raising the grain that feeds the cattle to boxing and shipping their products, members of the Wahrmund family are always diligently working together to uphold a high standard of excellence with their products. One bite of a mouth-watering New York strip is the only proof you will need!
Wahrmund Farms is owned and operated by John and Rhonda Wahrmund of Springfield, Arkansas. John Wahrmund is a third-generation farmer. His grandfather, Herbert Wahrmund, a farmer of German descent, decided to move his family from Texas to Arkansas in 1953 due to horrendous drought conditions. He and his wife, Paula, then built a small dairy in the 1950s. In 1977 John’s parents, Jerry and Margie, built a new, larger dairy, which would later become the foundation of Wahrmund Farms. In 2001, John and Rhonda bought the family dairy. When they encountered historically low milk prices in 2010, John began to do some custom silage harvesting to add to their revenue stream. After the drought of 2012, the Wahrmunds began building their beef herd. By 2014, the family farm consisted of the property originally farmed by John’s grandparents and the acreage at the base of Petit Jean Mountain that has become their ranch headquarters today; here they raise a commercial beef herd made up of predominantly Ultrablack genetics.
What makes Wahrmund Farms unique is that it is truly a family affair, as John and Rhonda’s six children (ages 16 to 27) all play a role in the family business. On any given day, you can find them doing a variety of jobs. From driving cattle to hauling feed or even sitting at a desk processing orders, there is always work to be done for the farm, and each family member has his or her role. John is the engine that drives the farm. He is detail oriented and oversees all major decisions. Rhonda, who also works part-time as a teacher, is the errand runner and wrangler of all things paperwork; she is the person on the other end of the emails. John and Rhonda’s oldest daughter, Rebecca, is a pharmacist but works to help with the business’s online presence and marketing. The two oldest sons, David and AJ, finished their college degrees and have returned to the farm full-time. They manage the repairs and maintenance, do most of the planting and harvesting, and always help manage the herd. John and Rhonda’s son Matt is currently in college but also works full-time helping feed and do field and herd work. The youngest two Wahrmunds, Sophia and Nick, are still in high school but help wherever they are needed during the summer and before and after school. When you purchase beef from Warhmund Farms, you are supporting a multi-generational Arkansas family business that immerses itself in hands-on attention to care and quality that is second to none.
Wahrmund Farms is a self-sustaining farming operation, which means that they grow all of their own corn and hay on site to feed the cattle. Other than a protein source, the cows have everything they need at the farm. They pasture approximately 1,000 momma cows on their ranch and grow their calves onsite. The Wahrmunds also grow calves for other farmers, so along with the momma cows, they have around 1,500 head of young stock on the ranch.
When asked what makes Wahrmund Farms different from other cattle farms, Rhonda Wahrmund replied, “We are truly a family farm. Decisions are made around the dinner table, in the cab of a pickup, or on the tailgate during lunch in the field. When we say local beef, we mean it. Calves are born on the farm to mommas born on the farm. They graze pasture right beside the field that grows their hay and the field that grows their corn. We are with our animals from the day they are born to the day they leave. They are our priority the entire time.”
A wide variety of beef cuts are sold at Wahrmund Farms, and pretty much any beef cut a customer could want, they can deliver. From ground beef and stew meat to filets and porterhouses, Wahrmund Farms is your one-stop for all things beef. They sell by the cut, or they can custom process whole and half beef. Their online store (wahrmundfarms.com) features their most popular cuts but does not include all of their offerings. Most cuts are available immediately, and they can fill most any request within 30 days. Their products are marketed and sold to a variety of consumers, including schools, restaurants, and individuals as well.
So, carnivore enthusiasts take notice…not only will your taste buds thank you with beef purchased from Wahrmund Farms, but by supporting a local Arkansas family business, the Wahrmund family will thank you, too!
You can learn more about Wahrmund Farms and access their products through their website and on social media through Facebook and Instagram.
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We purchased packages of meat for Christmas gifts this year. Quality beef and the best gift one can receive.
A great family and so proud of them and all they do for Conway county