In 1932, in a small farming town in central Ohio called
Hebron, a grain farmer named “A J Penick “, purchased 400 Angus feeder steers. Little did A J know this would be the beginning of a lifelong family farming and cattle operation.
Four years later after serving in the military, A J’s sons, Fred and Herb joined their father to form a partnership” Way Side Farms”. Their goal was to raise a quality herd of Registered Angus Cows.
In 1961 the partnership dissolved and son Fred N. Penick with his share of the herd formed a new operation Way View Farms Inc. Operated by Fred Penick and his family. Way View Farms still in operation today was managed by Fred N. until his retirement in 1995 when Fred M. took over the operation. In 2005 another son Jay came into the operation. At this time Way View Cattle Company was formed, along with Way View Farms represent the operating entities in place.
Since then, ” Way View Cattle Company” has expanded through
purchases and retaining heifers to its current size of 325 Registered Angus
Cows. The operation is guided by a philosophy of limiting the sale of heifer
calves and purchasing bred heifers from top herds around the country.
The cow herd has reached the land capacity for the operation, allowing for the
sale of 50 to 75 top-end females each year. These females are a great
compliment to the 65 to 80 high performing bulls they have in their bull
Way View Farms also continues as the grain operation, raising 1500 acres of
corn, soybeans, and wheat. 60 acres of alfalfa, 300 acres of mixed hay. They
host 600 acres of permanent pasture ground.
Both the cattle operation and farming program are managed by Fred and his wife
Cindy along with longtime hardworking help. Matt Henson, responsible for the
sale and show cattle, AI, and calf development . Matt Cleveland, responsible
for the bull and heifer development program, as well as winter feed rationing
and hay development. Jeff Corum, handles the cropping operation and stored crop
Fred and Jay expect their operation to continue to grow and honor A J’ and Fred senior’s legacy.