The family beef cattle business started in the early 1970's when, after nearly 80 years, Joe's grandmother and parents decided to phase out of the dairy business. They transitioned to raising Black Angus beef cattle, and since then, Joe's herd have all been born and bred on the property. The cows live their entire lives on the ranch, enjoying the lush green pastures of Sonoma and Marin Counties – a relaxed and comfortable lifestyle.
In the fall, the cows give birth to calves weighing around 80 pounds. The calves' sole source of nutrients for the first four months of their lives is their mother's milk. The cows roam the pastures at their own pace, grazing and resting throughout the day. During the winter months, the cows are given supplemental all-natural hay to enhance their milk production to ensure the calves have enough nutrients to grow healthy and strong. As the calves grow they begin to forage with their mothers, consuming the grasses and legumes in the fields.
The calves continue to grow throughout the winter and spring seasons. When they are ten months old they are weaned from the cows and moved to grass ranches in California's central valley, which have larger pastures to support the nutritional needs of the growing calves.
At this time, we do not have a program to market our cattle directly to the consumer, but plan to do this in the future. The calves are healthy, wholesome and are raised as naturally as you can get. We look forward to providing them to you soon!