Faces of Fauquier: Cattle farmer loves home, work
Seeking an alternative to black Angus, Doug Linton chose to specalize in Piedmontese cattle because of its lean, tender beef.
The county’s devotion to open space and agriculture and how much they want to help small businesses and farmers is great. It is a beautiful county. There is a huge economic base to draw from. It is a very nice community to live in.
Dressed in blue coveralls and a brown cowboy hat, he represents the quintessential cattleman.
Angelic Beef owner Doug Linton raises Piedmontese cattle on his 300-acre farm near Remington and sells the beef at local stores and farmers’ markets in Northern Virginia.
“I pursued this breed because the beef is known for being lean, flavorful and tender, and because it was different than most people who have Black Angus cattle,” Mr. Linton explained.
He owns 100 head of crossbred and full Piedmontese cattle. The breed originates from the Piedmont region of Italy and produces beef low in calories and cholesterol. A local butcher shop processes the cattle when they reach 18 to 20 months.
“People who have stopped eating beef and then taste my Piedmontese beef always comment on how good it is,” he said.
The cattleman believes Fauquier County remains a great place for small businesses and farmers.
Owner of Angelic Beef since 2007, breeding and raising Piedmontese cattle. He trained horses on his farm from 1989 to 2011.
• Why do you do the job?
I wanted to do something less physical than training horses. I chose to raise Piedmontese cattle because I wanted to provide a quality product for the consumer.
I don’t use any hormones or antibiotics on the cattle and I don’t use chemical weed control or manmade fertilizer on the farm.
The Piedmontese breed intrigued me. I pursued this breed because the beef is known for being lean, flavorful and tender and because it was different than most people who have Black Angus cattle.
People who have stopped eating beef and then taste my Piedmontese beef always comment on how good it is.
Father, Charles Linton.
Bachelor’s degree in animal science and agricultural economics from Ohio State University, 1980.
• How long have you lived in Fauquier?
Twenty-five years, since 1989.
• Why do you live here?
I think it’s great. The whole “Buy Fresh, Buy Local” campaign the Piedmont Environmental Council has put together is great. The school programs are good.
The county’s devotion to open space and agriculture and how much they want to help small businesses and farmers is great.
It is a beautiful county. There is a huge economic base to draw from. It is a very nice community to live in. You can drive two to three hours or less and get to the mountains or the ocean.
• How do you describe this county?
People have a low-density thought process of trying to keep Fauquier rural and agricultural, not urban sprawl. You can still drive down the road and people wave to you.
• What would you change about Fauquier?
I would do something different with personal property tax.
• What do you do for fun?
I go offshore fishing. I like going to the beach . . . take a walk at daybreak and see my baby calves. I make furniture out of trees I find on the farm.
• What’s your favorite place in Fauquier?
My front yard; it’s beautiful!
• What will Fauquier be like in 10 years?
I would like to think it would stay the same, stay agricultural. It always concerns me that Gainesville and Charlottesville will spread out here. There are less and less farms and more and more development.
• Favorite TV show?
“The Big Bang Theory”
• Favorite movie?
“Saving Private Ryan.” It was so well done.
• Favorite book?
“Conversations with God” by Neale Donald Walsch.
• Favorite vacation spot?
The Outer Banks; I like Manteo. And anywhere in the Caribbean.
• Favorite food?
Beef: It’s what’s for dinner!
• What is the best advice you have ever received? From whom?
We all have a story, a cross to bear. But it’s what you do with your story. Pick yourself up by your bootstraps and carry on. To sum it up, stay positive. A negative attitude doesn’t get you anywhere. Fifth percent of people will always have it better than you and 50 percent will always have it worse. It’s advice I kind of gave myself and learned myself.
• Who’s your hero and why?
There has never been someone who I would say was my hero. I kind of followed my own path. If I ever looked up to someone, it would be my mother.
• What would you do if you won $1 million in the lottery?
Probably go on vacation. I would stick it in the bank. Being self-employed and a farmer, I would save it for the future. I’m content. I wouldn’t change anything and that is sort of what I’m getting at.
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PattiL · March 8, 2014 at 12:35 pm
Great story Cassandra. Doug is one of the nicest people you would ever want to meet.
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