Meet the Gaukers
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Lee and Jodi Gauker, of Gauker Farms in Fleetwood, Pa., raise crops and dairy steers on their 280 acre farm in Berks County. The young couple market their beef direct to consumers both on the farm and at Artisan Exchange of West Chester, an indoor food market. The farm is currently home to approximately 55 Holstein steers ranging from a few days old to market weight. Get to know the Gaukers here.
The Beef Checkoff Program was established as part of the 1985 Farm Bill. The checkoff assesses $1 per head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle, in addition to a comparable assessment on imported beef and beef products. States retain up to 50 cents on the dollar and forward the other 50 cents per head to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board, which administers the national checkoff program, subject to USDA approval.