Preserving Legacy, Promoting Heritage
Starting with the vision of George Vanderbilt, Biltmore’s Livestock program fulfills the legacy of quality, community, and innovation that began over 100 years ago. Today our program consists of registered Black Angus beef cattle, Purebred White Dorper and commercial hair sheep, and Berkshire Hogs raised on our nearly 8,000 acre estate in Asheville, North Carolina.
In 1896 George Vanderbilt brought a Jersey dairy herd to his new estate in Asheville. Those same jersey cows led to an overwhelmingly successful dairy operation that was an Asheville staple for decades in the early 1900’s. Biltmore entered the beef cattle industry in 1983 with the purchase of 29 Black Angus heifers. Biltmore has always been, and always will be, a working estate. Biltmore also raises Berkshire hogs, the original heritage breed chosen by Mr. Vanderbilt himself. Although Mr. Vanderbilt originally raised Southdown sheep, our modern Dorper crosses prove well adapted to our climate and able to produce high quality meat products.