"We appreciate the opportunity to raise our kids on a farm. To us it is the best way to raise a family." - Sasha Rittenhouse
A Way of Life
Scott, Sasha, Lara, Lexi, and Rylan of New Carlisle, Ohio own and operate their family farm. Scott works for United Producers, Inc. as a facility manager for the Hillsboro and Eaton locations. Sasha manages the kids and the cows. Scott and Sasha have been raising cattle for 11 years together and they have 130 cow-calf pairs on the farm. To the Rittenhouse family, taking care of cattle isn’t just a chore, it’s a way of life.
Years raising cattle
Cow-calf pairs on the farm
Family members caring for cattle
Meet the Rittenhouse Family
Q: What does it mean to you to be raising your kids on your family farm?
A: We love the opportunity to raise our kids on a farm. To us it is the best way to raise a family. The kids are very involved and see the good and the bad, the happy and the sad days. They are typically right there beside us and understand the long hours and the reward of doing a good job caring for livestock.
Q: When do you calve and why?
A: We calve mostly in the late winter and early spring. For our bulls to be competitive in sales as yearlings, they must be big enough and have passed breeding soundness exams in time for breeding season. To accomplish this, we have to calve in February and March. That makes weather a challenge, but it is something we must do to meet our goals.
Q: What do you find most exciting about raising cattle and what makes you want to continue?
A: We always look forward to calving season. It can be a lot of work, but it’s also the reward of a lot of hard work and planning. Seeing healthy calves in the pasture come spring time is quite the payoff.
Q: Why is it important that you give your cattle the best care possible?
A: It is our obligation to ensure we provide our cattle the best care possible, regardless the situation. For our cows to do a good job for us, we must take really good care of them.
Q: How does the consumer marketplace influence your decisions about how you'll care for your livestock?
A: As millennial parents we understand the concerns many parents have when raising their children. We care about our environment, health and well-being of our family, and the health and wellbeing of our cattle. We take pride in our ability to produce healthy protein source for our family and consumers while being conscious of our environment and community.