Who we are ...
Springvale Angus is owned and operated by a father and son, Rick Stalker and Jason Stalker. The farm has been in our family since 1924 and is currently on its 6th generation. Our farm is comprised of approximately 130 acres of rolling farmland and timber. We rent additional farmland every year to grow crops. Currently, we have approximately 20 black Angus cattle on the farm in addition to horses, dogs, cats, and laying hens.
Robert "Bob" and Beverly "Bev" Stalker owned and operated the farm as a dairy from the early 1960's until their retirement from farming in 1994. At its height, they milked approximately 50 Holsteins. Bob and Bev took great pride in keeping their farm looking picture perfect. The numerous flower beds, neatly trimmed trees, bright white fences and neatly cut lawn always turned heads. They raised 3 children, including Rick. In 2000, Rick and his wife, Sherilyn, built a home on the farm that they still live in today. Their son, Jason and his wife Suzy purchased the farm in 2018 from Jason's grandparents, Bob and Bev, and live in the original farmhouse today.
In 2000, Rick started raising black Angus cattle. For the past 20+ years, our farm has been a cow-calf Angus hobby farm. We would occasionally butcher a steer for our own consumption or for friends and family. In 2020, with the increased demand for beef, we decided to start raising more Angus and offering our farm raised beef direct to the consumer.
Why we are here today...
The year 2020 and the coronavirus exposed flaws in our current food supply system. Meat packing facilities closed down which quickly cut off the supply of meat to your local grocery store. This renewed consumer interest in buying locally from small family farms. Now more than ever, consumers want to know where their food comes from, how it was raised, and that it is truly safe to consume. We feel the same way. That is why we utilize practices that allow our animals to live in as close to a natural environment as possible and provide our animals with everything they need, and nothing they don't.
All of our animals are raised on pasture, never in a cramped feed lot and never with the use of antibiotics or artificial hormones. We believe in sustainable farming practices; Our animals are rotated to fresh pastures on a regular basis to improve soil health. Our animals are raised here on our family farm and all the food used to feed our animals is grown here on this same farm. We also use 100% recyclable materials to ship our products to your door. We take comfort knowing that every aspect of our farm is sustainable from the time a calf is born until the final product is shipped to your door.
Our animals live on pasture until they reach approximately 1,300 pounds. Once they reach this weight, their pasture diets are supplemented with grain for approximately 60 days to increase marbling, improve flavor and tenderness. Our animals are then transported a short distance to Cal Packers, located in rural Elk Mound, WI. There, the animal is processed and allowed to age 10-14 days before being packaged. The animal and butchering process is inspected and approved by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, ensuring safe consumption. We store all of our beef products on our farm in a frozen state, which is also inspected by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture. We offer three buying options for our customers. We can ship directly from our farm to your home, you can pick up at our farm, or buy wholesale and pick up from the butcher.
Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about us, our products, or our practices.