It was great to get back to the shows with the Belties after two years at the South Suffolk Show – the little gang did us proud, were almost on their best behaviour, the sun shone, caught up with lots of folks we haven’t seen for two years and we even came home with a few rosettes into the bargain including a first in the Junior Heifer Class for young Waveney Velvet……..and in a few weeks time we can do it all again
April and May have seen a flurry of new calves being born down on the marshes, here is a selection of beautiful photographs taken down on the marshes of some of this years little ones from friend and photographer Caroline Tillett .
We have used our dun beltie Bull Waveney Harnser so this year so far lots of little dun beauties have been born. 2022 is a “w” year for names so far we have a Willow, Wren, Willy Wonka, Wendi, Wizard, Whisky, Wayne and Wiggle…if you have any suggestions for 2022 calf names let us know!
All of our cattle are Pedigree and registered with the Belted Galloway Cattle Society, “belties” are a native breed, 10 years ago they were on the Rare Breeds Survival Trust watch list, but now thankfully numbers are doing well and the breed is secure for the forseeable.
After avian flu “lockdown” it was lovely to finally get some of the goslings out in the paddock enjoying the sun and grass, they are growing really quickly and starting to get their proper feathers now.
We have a mix of Embdens, Legarth x, Dewlap toulouse and Brecon Buffs.
Our first beltie calf arrived in the lovely sunshine over the Easter weekend – a little dun heifer calf from our oldest cow called Surprise – this year our names will all start with a W – so this little one is called Waveney Willow!
Thanks to Caroline Tillett Photography for the lovely photo.
Yes it may only be January ( and tradition holds that the first goose eggs arrive on Valentine’s Day!) but our birds have got started early this year, order from our online shop!
A loving spoonful…we are collaborating with Linda Duffin of Mrs Portly’s Kitchen on recipes for our Beltie beef. Linda is a local food champion and recognises how much care we lavish on our beltie herd, and how this love and care translates into a wonderful end product of flavour on the plate.
The first recipe is a luscious red wine beef stew with stilton dumplings. See our new recipe page https://www.carrfarm.org/beltie-beef/beef-recipes/ for details and if you have a favourite beef recipe please share with us too!
Excited for the arrival of twin calves on the farm to old timer Peggy – this is our first set of beltie twins – and quite a rare thing, two little bull calves, one black and white and one dun and white!
Images courtesy of Caroline Tillett Photography
Our first 2021 beltie calf was born during Storm Darcey, a lovely little dun heifer calf named after said storm who will definitely be a keeper! Her half sister a silver dun heifer was born two weeks later a great start to calving 2021….now we just await longer, warmer days and some nice grass for all the expectant mums and their new calves.
So if you watched carefully on BBC’s Countryfile on Sunday 23rd August you may have caught sight of our Belties on the Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s Petos Marsh at Carlton near Lowestoft. The belties do alot of important conservation grazing for the Trust at both Oulton and Carlton marshes as well as the Camps Heath Nature Reserve.
The Belties wrap their tongues around vegetation and pull it up in tufts, which creates an uneven sward in terms of length and a tussocky finish. They are good at pushing their way through scrub and creating open areas, in addition to eating longer and coarser grasses, reeds and willow. The low-intensity grazing provided by the cattle are promoting a shift from reed/scrub to grass and herbs, with plants such as wild mint, ragged robin, vetches and rare orchids flourishing on these wetland areas. The dung also provides habitat for invertebrates which results in an increase in butterflies and beetles and a richer habitat for flora and fauna.
April saw the arrival of the first of our 2020 beltie calves, the weather has been kind and they are enjoying sunning themselves down on Burgh Marshes with their Mum’s. All our calves get names and 2020 they all start with a “T” – so here we have Ted, Captain Tom and Twiglet.