Spring is soon to arrive here in the valley, and with the warmer temperatures and coming rain showers, new babies have also arrived on Valley View Farm’s birthing pasture. Standing Stone recently partnered with Dave Westerberg, owner of Valley View Farm, to raise these cattle just a short distance away from the restaurant. He recently invited several of us here at the Stone to pay the farm a visit, and we eagerly accepted!
According to Westerberg, 27 Purebred Black Angus cows delivered their calves over the months of January and February, giving way to a brand new group of offspring ready to pack on the pounds through nursing and grazing over the coming months. These calves will spend their days together, in a single pasture, while staying close to their mommas.
Westerberg currently uses two Black Angus bulls to breed new offspring. These two bulls are kept in a separate pasture where they spend their time grazing on various grasses found on the farm. Not only were we able to meet many of the new calves, but we were also introduced to these two breeding bulls. Ziggy, the smaller of the two, seemed friendly and somewhat nonchalant. Duece however, the much larger of the two, spent most of his time bellowing and pawing the ground with his feet. He was one of the largest bulls each of us had ever seen, and his aggressive nature and showboating left us all not only impressed but a bit intimidated as well. The electric fence between us did help to calm any nerves.
As spring arrives, we will continue to watch these new arrivals grow up! We couldn’t be more pleased with our partnership with Westerberg and the manner in which he raises these animals; they have endless pastures to graze on and live happy, healthy lives. Stay tuned for updated photos!