Little Creek Farm in New Salem joins American Angus Association

  • Joshua Mason feeds grain to his cows at Little Creek Farm in New Salem. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Joshua Mason, Nicole Bergeron and daughter Morgan Bergeron-Mason at Little Creek Farm in New Salem. The farm recently joined the American Angus Association. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Black Angus cattle enjoy some grain at Little Creek Farm in New Salem. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Joshua Mason, Nicole Bergeron and daughter Morgan Bergeron-Mason with their black Angus cattle at Little Creek Farm in New Salem. The farm recently joined the American Angus Association. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

Staff Writer
Published: 4/6/2021 3:22:32 PM

NEW SALEM — After 25 years of owning a trucking company, Joshua Mason joined AAA about a month ago.

However, in this case, AAA doesn’t stand for the American Automobile Association, but rather the American Angus Association, seeing how Mason is one of the owners of Little Creek Farm.

Mason moved to 520 Daniel Shays Highway with partner Nicole Bergeron and daughter Morgan Bergeron-Mason after the family bought the property in December 2019. They started their meat pig operation the following month and began rearing black Angus cows in mid-2020. The farm uses Lemay & Sons Beef, a United State Department of Agriculture-certified slaughterhouse and meat market in Goffstown, N.H.

“It’s something we’ve always wanted to do,” Mason said of farm ownership. “My grandfather did it as a kid … and always talked about it.”

Farm ownership also fulfilled a dream for their daughter, who Bergeron said always wanted to live on a farm.

“As soon as we saw (the property), it hit us — this is where we were meant to be,” Bergeron said. “It’s been amazing. We couldn’t ask for a better situation. The town has been so open to us. We’re loving life right now.”

The farm also sells chicken eggs, turkeys at Thanksgiving, wreaths at Christmastime and mums in the fall.

Mason said joining the American Angus Association was a common-sense decision and a logical next step for his family, because it connects the farm with all breeders in the country and gives the business access to industry data. The family will also receive the association’s publications, The Angus Journal and the Angus Beef Bulletin.

“It’s definitely going to put us out there,” Bergeron said.

The American Angus Association, based in St. Joseph, Mo., bills itself as the largest beef breed association in the world, with more than 25,000 active adult and junior members. According to a press release announcing Little Creek Farm’s new membership, the association records ancestral information and keeps production records and genomic data on individual animals to develop industry-leading selection tools for its members.

“The programs and services of the association and its entities — Angus Genetics Inc., Angus Media, Certified Angus Beef LLC and the Angus Foundation,” the release states, “help members advance the beef cattle business by selecting the best animals for their herds and marketing quality genetics for the beef cattle industry and quality beef for consumers.”

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.




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