Baskin Livestock is a family owned operation that has been in business since 1980, originally in Cumberland, Rhode Island. It is owned by Bill Baskin and his wife Susan Blackburn. We moved to Batavia, New York in 1991 and have been at our present site since 1993. We raise Dairy Replacement heifers, high quality Beef steers and registered American Quarter Horses. In addition, we operate a mill facility which recycles items from the human food production stream, where they might have been landfilled, and processes them into quality bakery meal that is sold to other farmers and feed mills. A full-service shop is on premise to maintain and repair our farm tractors, over-the-road tractor-trailers and to fabricate equipment for the farm and mill.
We own 1,750 acres in Genesee County. Our fat cattle are on feed in several facilities in Ne w York and Iowa. We have customers for our cattle across the United States and have exported dairy heifers to Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Venezuala, Turkey, Lebanon, Taiwan and Korea. A good percentage of our property is in pasture for the grazing of our cattle and horses when the weather permits. In addition to caring for our animals, we follow all best-management practices to ensure the stewardship of our land and environment. We compost our manure to provide a more stable usable product for our land application, or for sale.
Currently there are 39 employees, if you count our daughter! It is our intent at Baskin Livestock to have employees who work with us until their retirement. Some of our employees (Tom Stroud, Steve Greene and "Buck" Strang) have been here for almost the entire time we have lived in New York. Toward that end, we provide competitive wages, health insurance for the employees and their families, paid holidays, paid vacations based on length of employment, uniforms and a matching fund retirement plan.