Psalms 37: 4 says, " Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart". V. Mac has been given the desires of his heart.
He grew-up in Durham County, North Carolina, but not in a farming family. His home was on a 2 acre tract. However, at 10 years of age, he bought his first calf. V. Mac states that raising that calf gave him a passion for cattle that he has never lost. His boyhood dream was to "own and work on a good farm". In fact, in his High School Senior Yearbook, it was predicted that he would become a cattle rancher.
V.Mac and Peggy, Founders
Baldwin Family Farms
In 1969, after a hitch in the Navy, marriage to Peggy Oakes, two degrees in Electrical Engineering and a busy job with Bell Laboratories, V. Mac started a Charolais herd. on Peggy's 19 acre home farm and bought two registered Charolais heifers. For the next 12 years, through trial and error, artificial breeding, and renting numerous farms, V. Mac learned to breed, feed and graze Charolais cattle for profit.
In 1981, V. Mac and Peggy bought a rundown 331 acre cattle farm near Yanceyville, NC. He developed and intensive year-around grazing system using winter and summer annuals of Marshall Ryegrass, Crimson, Red, and Arrowleaf Clovers and Red River and later Quick and Big Crabgrass. The system is a nutritious (sweet grass) forage bank that puts up to 3 lbs of daily gain on cattle. This led him into grazing stocker cattle in addition to his purebred Charolais. By leasing over 2000 acres and 800 acres of deeded land, V. Mac has expanded his Charolais herd to over 800 mama cows. In addition to his growing beef operation, in 1996 he became a contract hatching egg grower. The farm now produces about 2400 tons of hen manure annually to grow their grasses.
In 2002-03, he learned to direct-market by selling dry-aged, cut and packaged grassfed Charolais beef at the Carrboro Farmers' Market near Chapel Hill, N.C. By grazing and grass finishing his 2 year old purebred Charolais steers, he soon developed a unique brand of all-natural, extra-lean beef with rich flavor and high customer acceptance. He sells his beef under the label, "Baldwin Charolais Beef". As part of his marketing strategy, in 2005, V. Mac established an e-Commerce online Web Store at www.baldwinbeef.com and ships beef weekly to internet customers throughout the USA. In addition, to operating an on-farm Beef Outlet, his "Baldwin Charolais Beef" is featured and sold in ten Whole Food Stores in North Carolina and Virginia. Now, over a half-century after purchasing his first calf, V. Mac is raising cattle the way nature intended--pasture-based and free of hormones and antibiotics. His farm and grass is also all-natural---free of all herbicides, pesticides and chemicals.
V. Mac was the 2008 North Carolina Farmer of the Year. He was the 2009 President of the North Carolina Forage and Grassland Council. He is a member of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension State Advisory Council. He is a member of the NC Farm Bureau Beef Commodity Group and is a member of the NC Agriculture Commissioner's Roundtable. He is also an active member in the Gideons International.
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