Dick McElhaney

Hookstown, PA 15050

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Richard "Dick" McElhaney operates McElhaney Stock Farm -- a Registered Shorthorn cow/calf operation -- in Hookstown, Pennsylvania. The farm is family owned and operated and raises Purebred Shorthorn cattle both for sale as breeding stock and for consumption. Dick was born and raised on the farm, which dates back to 1880 and now is the entrance to the Pittsburgh International Airport. Beginning in 1956, he served three years as a helicopter mechanic in the U.S. Army before earning his A&P Maintenance Technician License, after which he worked for 31 years for Trans World Airlines. Dick and his wife, Kay, bought the 100-acre farm in Hookstown in 1971, after it was displaced by airport expansion. The family leases an additional 250 acres around the township and runs about 150 head of Shorthorns. The family also operates a retail meat business at the farm and sells beef at four local farm markets, two ag programs, a golf club and two retail markets. While Dick runs the day-to-day operations, his son, David, is responsible for farm marketing and promotion. His daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Dan Anderson, have their own farming operation but also help out on the family farm. Dick has been involved in more than 20 ag organizations, including the Pennsylvania Beef Council; Pennsylvania Farm Bureau; Washington County Cattlemen's Association; American Shorthorn Association, National Grazing Lands Coalition; Beaver County 4-H Stockman's Club (which he founded); Pennsylvania Project Grass; and more.