Registered Salers P.B. & Optimizer(%) Cattle
Hi-Altitude, Alfalfa/Hay Finished, Moderate Frame, Docile, Durable Cattle
Star Valley Wyoming
Pasture Bred/Raised, Hormone Free, Limited Vaccinations, Local Barley Finished
Beef - Pork - Lamb - Goat - Chicken - A2/A2 Milk - Eggs
Salers Influenced Beef and Heritage Breed Protein
Welcome to The West Hills Ranch
Operating since 1998
Howdy & Welcome to The West Hills Ranch LLC
Operating since 1998
The West Hills Ranch started in the cattle business spring of 1999 running yearling steers on our 700 acres of high-altitude range. Since our start we have acquired leased pastures and grew to 350 commercial mother cows… allowing us to then transition to a 200 head Salers based Seedstock Program.
In February of 2017, we dispersed our Salers Seedstock Operation, due to a major change in our management situation. That decision was short lived, however, and after about 18 months of missing the cattle, the culture, and the challenges of ranching, we decided to start up again in the seedstock business.
On this second go-around, we decided to implement a different agribusiness plan, adding genetics of other breeds to our program. We brought in some registered Red Angus, Aberdeen, and Red Angus/Gelbvieh cross females. Heterosis is a huge factor in cattle and carcass quality, performance, and breed improvement. The introduction of these new genetics, will enhance the vigor of our cattle breeding program.
With that said, The West Hills Ranch still believes in the strong, desirable, and proven traits of the female Salers cattle. Some of these are: docsility, the largest pelvic area of any beef breed, protective mothers, fertility, longevity, and great maternal milk. Salers genetics are a proven, profitable, practical, and promising improvement to any cow-calf operation. WHR is raising the new American Breed of Salers Cattle. This is not the “80’s” Continental introduction of wild, tall, framey, Salers Cattle. We will continue to use Pure Bred Salers Bulls on the majority of our females… maintaining a strong offering of Pure Bred and high percentage Salers cattle in our future spring sales.
Due to our high altitude (6500-7200 ft.), short growing season (60 days), 6-8 months of winter feeding, and sparse summer rains, we are able to sell long yearling bulls. We keep potential Breeding Bull Calves over two winters and sell them in March when they are around 20 months old. These bulls will not be pushed… no grain, no growth hormones. Our virgin, ready to work bulls are pasture/hay raised, long lasting and structurally sound.
Added to our cattle program will be the raising of Registered A2/A2 Guernsey Dairy cattle. Guernsey cattle are a “Heritage” breed of dairy cattle.
While cattle is a large part of The West Hills Ranch, we also raise and sell the following swine, sheep, and goats:
- Registered Berkshire and Tamworth Breeding Stock swine of which both are “Heritage” breeds
- Registered Royal White Hair Sheep breeding stock, primarily a meat breed and are a “Heritage” breed
- Registered Boer Goats, primarily a meat breed and are a “Heritage” breed
In addition to raising seedstock, The West Hills Ranch also sells beef, pork, lamb, and chevon(goat meat) from our culled animals. Culled animals have all the flavor, tenderness, and naturalness of breeding stock, just not the demanding structure of our breeding animals. Please refer to the products for sale section for: pricing, availability, butchering options, and delivery times.
All of our animals are pasture raised, grass/hay fed, also non-gmo barley grain, limited antibiotic and insect treatments, no growth hormones, raised humanely, locally pasture bred (no A-I), born and raised in Star Valley Wyoming.
We are very selective and strict in our culling process of only keeping animals that are:
- Structurally correct and sound
- Genetically proven
- Easy birthing and medium framed
Thank you for visiting our website. We hope to be able to serve your particular seedstock needs for your beef cattle operation. With our Heritage breeds of: Guernsey Dairy Cattle, Berkshire, Tamworth and other swine breeds, Royal White Hair Sheep, and Boer Goats, we are confident we can serve your Heritage protein raising program needs. Although the Salers breed of cattle is not an American “Heritage” breed, it is one of the oldest cattle breeds in the world. A Continental breed that was a dual purpose milking and beef breed.
We look forward to hearing from you. Ranch tours are always welcome and encouraged, just let us know when.
Pam & Randy Hruska – Owners