Mooove over Ben, this Pennsylvania calf's a new No. 7
September 25, 2014 11:09 PM
Vale Wood Farms Facebook page
A new calf at Vale Wood Farms, a family dairy farm business in Loretto, Cambria County, bears a No. 7 on his forehead. The farm has named him "Baby Ben."
By Molly Born / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Rest easy, folks. “Baby Ben,” the Cambria County calf named after Ben Roethlisberger, won't become a Roethlisburger.
Vale Wood Farms, the family-owned dairy farm in Loretto that typically sells its male calves, also keeps a lucky few around for breeding.
“We usually say at a dairy farm it’s a woman’s world,” said Carissa Itle-Westrick, the farm’s business development director. “That said, I think that Baby Ben has found a home. I think [he’ll] be around for quite some time.”
Baby Ben was born Saturday on the farm about 80 miles east of Pittsburgh.
Ms. Itle-Westrick said over the years, relatives have perceived images in the animals’ markings, such as a state or continent, and one cow was born with what appeared to be a Nike “swoosh.”
But there was no question this one resembled the Steelers quarterback’s jersey number.
“He turned to face me, and I said, ‘Wow, it’s a perfect little 7,’ ” Ms. Itle-Westrick said. Taking the quarterback’s namesake “was kind of a natural for us. We’re out here in Steelers country.”
She posted the picture to the farm’s Facebook page Wednesday. By the next afternoon, Baby Ben totaled more than 1,100 “likes” and nearly 100 comments.
Even Mr. Roethlisberger’s official website, bigben7.com, acknowledged the namesake in a blog post: If you visit the farm, the post said, “don’t forget to say hello to Baby Ben while you’re there (who is probably gonna milk this new-found fame for all it’s worth!)”
Started by Ms. Itle-Westrick’s great-grandfather in 1933, Vale Wood Farms processes its own milk and a full line of dairy products with its herd of 200 cows.
The family doesn’t sell any meat from the cows, she said.
Baby Ben will be on display — and available for photo opportunities — during the farm’s pumpkin patch event Oct. 1-19.
Molly Born: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1944. First Published September 25, 2014 9:02 AM
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