Morgan Hartman is Managing Partner and Founder of Black Queen Angus Farm, LLC and an Associate Partner with Sustainable Genetics, LLC.
Black Queen Angus Farm is a small-scale Registered Angus breeding stock herd developed and maintained in a 100% grass-fed, least cost production paradigm. The primary business of BQAF, LLC is the rearing and development of high quality Aberdeen Angus bulls for sale into the commercial sector of the beef industry that will sire highly efficient and profitable offspring under commercial conditions.
Sustainable Genetics, LLC is a small-scale resource for cattle breeders seeking beef or dairy genetics in the form of frozen semen for artificial insemination, frozen embryos, and live cattle. The company was founded to counter the prevailing livestock and dairy industries' movement to unprofitable cattle through single-trait selection for maximum individual production. The result for producers has been a growing business able to help them develop breeding programs and management strategies to maximize profit throughout the cattle cycle, not just during the boom years.
Morgan came to cattle breeding, forage farming, and Holistic Management with a Bachelor of Science Degree from Cornell University (Plant Science: landscape architecture, horticulture, natural resource management concentrations). Following his time at Cornell ('00), he started and ran a successful landscape design/build business working primarily on residential properties in southern Berkshire County, MA. He left that business to focus on Black Queen Angus Farm after 12 years.
Hartman served 5 years in the US Army, primarily with the 75th Ranger Regiment (Airborne) as a military paralegal. This was a complex assignment requiring training in military law under the UCMJ as well as Light Infantry Special Operations and Airborne training. Morgan achieved the rank of Sergeant and served directly under the Regimental JAG (Judge Advocate General) Officer. Duties were varied but included work within the realms of law regarding international armed conflict and first-strike rules of engagement, drug interdiction outside the US, and internal military justice cases at both the criminal and non-criminal levels. 1989-1994
Morgan Hartman was recognized in 2014 as the Innovative Producer of the Year by the Grassfed Exchange Conference Board. This award is given to an individual each year who has brought new ideas and methodologies in production and marketing to the Grass-fed sector of the beef industry. Hartman's development of Black Queen Angus Farm, LLC, involvement with Sustainable Genetics, LLC and dedication to helping other farmers through development of numerous education programs related to grass-fed beef production and forage management led to this award.
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