Au Bel Farm is owned by Leslie Warner.
Leslie has raised goats since 2000 when she started her 4-H herd with an American Alpine named Sidney. For the next four years, she added Lamanchas and showed under the herd name ‘Americana Acres’. She took a break from breeding goats while earning her degree in Animal Science at Michigan State University. Thanks to lots of family support, she was able to keep animals as she attended college and after moving away from home to start her career in agriculture.
She’s a longtime supporter of 4-H. So many volunteers helped to make her dreams come true when she was a young person. She gives back by serving on the Michigan 4-H Goat Committee.
The goats and sheep at Au Bel are rotationally grazed on 3.5 acres of alfalfa-birdsfoot trefoil-perennial ryegrass-brome pasture. The pasture has three watering lines that provide fresh water to the ‘flerd’ (a mix of ‘flock’ and ‘herd’!) while they graze. Leslie has a master’s degree in Crop Science from the University of Illinois, and is using that knowledge today as a ‘grass farmer.’ If you’re interested in learning more about grazing, the book ‘Capturing Sunlight’ by Woody Lane is a great resource.
The farm is located in Belding, Michigan.
Au Bel Farm supports the following organizations through membership:
- American Dairy Goat Association
- American Boer Goat Association
- Michigan Sheep Producers Association
- North American Shetland Sheep Association
- National Young Farmers Coalition
- The Livestock Conservancy
Au Bel Farm is MAEAP Verified!
Au Bel Farm is proud to be MAEAP verified! Developed by the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development, the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program is an innovative, proactive program that helps farms of all sizes and all commodities voluntarily prevent or minimize agricultural pollution risks. Learn more about MAEAP verification HERE!