|OUR FARM & FAMILY
Wheel-View Farm has been in Carolyn's family since 1896. Our grandchildren Tyler, Jesse, and Cody are currently the sixth generation of our family to live on the farm and cousin Rudy also likes to come and help out. With a magnificent view that spans 4 states, it has been home to Holstein dairy cows, abundant flowers, maple syrup, Belted Galloway beef cattle, peaches and apples.
John & Carolyn began stewardship in 1979, operating a dairy farm until 1988 and then selling hay to other farmers and horse owners. We also manage the Massachusetts Maple Producers Association Warehouse for maple syrup containers. As well as our specialty, the dahlias, numerous perennials are grown for cut flowers.
Recently our efforts to preserve open space and
sustainable agriculture on Wheel-View Farm in Shelburne have led us into a new
venture -- Belted Galloway beef cattle. Many people have commented to us
about seeing these animals grazing in our pastures and fields so we
thought we might try to answer some of your questions.
Our first reason for getting these
cattle was for land management. Their browsing ability will help us to maintain
the open space that remains in our pastures. Second, we hope to sell some
animals for breeding stock to other farmers and landowners. We also have
beef from some of the cattle available for sale .
Raising animals on pasture is not
only better for the animals, it's also healthier for consumers. In particular,
animals that graze on grass produce meat that has several times more
health-promoting omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, and beta carotene, but less
total fat and omega-6 fatty acids.
now some information about the breed ---
The Galloway breed one of the oldest
known to man.
Believed to have originated in the Highlands of Scotland,
where the environment is harsh and severe, Galloways have evolved into an
extremely hardy breed. They require little in the way of shelter, feed
supplements, or expensive grains to achieve and maintain good condition and
fitness. Cold weather and snow have little effect on them. They have been
raised as far north as Alaska and the Scandinavian countries. They have two
coats of hair -- the inner is thick and wooly, designed to act as a blanket to
retain heat; the outer is long and shaggy, which sheds rain and protects the
inner coat from becoming damp and cold. Due to this unusual hair combination
they have very little "back-fat". Snow is slow to melt on their back
because they lose little body heat through their long hair. The Belted Galloway is considered a docile and even-tempered animal--bulls
as well as cows.
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