Herd Visits/Open Days

Upcoming Events


Southern Breeders are pleased to announce details of the Summer Herd Visit planned for the 19th August.

Once again we will be visiting the ‘Forest of Dartmoor’ in Devon – this time to visit two well-known Belted Galloway herds: ‘Widecombe’ and ‘Dartmoor’.

The Dartmoor herd was established by Charles and Elizabeth Godfrey from some of the finest stock on offer at Castle Douglas sales a decade or so ago. With a determination to develop the best possible herd, breeding has been further enhanced by using several well-bred bulls and the introduction of top genetics through a programme of selective AI. The latest herd bull is Cairnsmore Hamish, Breed Champion at the Royal Highland Show. The Godfrey’s also farm pedigree Lleyn sheep in addition to their Beltie herd which now numbers around 125 head.

The Widecombe herd is owned and managed by Council Member Clyde Coaker and his wife Jo, and family. The Coaker family have farmed for generations on Dartmoor and their now substantial pedigree Beltie herd was established by Clyde’s parents William and Pam in the late 1980’s. Over the past four decades Widecombe cattle have gone to many Beltie breeders across the UK and further afield, as have semen straws from their well-known red bull Mochrum Hucklebury. The Coakers also farm pedigree South Devon cattle and Whitefaced Dartmoor sheep.

Agenda – Saturday 19th August 2017

  • 10.00 – 10.30am Meet at Cator Court, Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Devon TQ13 7UA
  • Morning visit to nearby Blackdown Piper farm to view the Dartmoor Herd of Belted Galloways.
  • 1 – 2pm Lunch – at Cator Court
  • Afternoon visit to nearby Bittleford Farm, Widecombe-in-the-Moor, TQ13 7PN
  • Evening barbecue at Bittleford Farm.

There will be a request for contributions to costs from non-SBG members. Visitors attending the barbecue should bring their own drink. Soft drinks will be provided.

There will be a field allocated for those who may wish to camp on the Saturday evening, and there are a number of local hotels and B&B’s in the wider area.

This event is open to all Belted Galloway breeders, potential breeders and friends – visitors from further afield are most welcome.

To aid with planning - please notify either Alison Bunning (alison.bunning@btinternet.com) or Jeremy Loxton (meadowhill@jeremyloxton.com) if you wish to attend and please advise numbers in your party.



The Scottish club have kindly been offered the chance for a summer herd visit on the 26th August to Borland Farm, Glenshee by Mr and Mrs Howman and organised by Kenneth Headspeath, farm manager.

Borland Farm is situated at 1200 ft in beautiful Glenshee between Blairgowrie and Braemar. Specialising in Highland Cattle, Hebridean Sheep and Belted Galloway cattle.

The farm comprises approximately 750 acres of heather moorland and 250 acres of rough grazing and improved grassland. There is also a little over 100 acres of mixed woodland. The main farm steading sits at 1200 ft above sea level and the hills rise to a peak of 2440 ft at the summit of Mount Blair.

The Highland Cattle Fold on Borland farm was started in 1996 and shortly afterwards the foundation stock of the current Hebridean flock arrived.The Highland Cattle fold is founded on old blood lines of all recognised colours. After having seen Belted Galloway cattle on a farm visit in 2005, it was decided to start a herd of pedigree Belted Galloway cattle.

Borland farm has a unique relationship with Highland Drovers of Perth, a small company that offers a high quality butchering and packaging service. This is owned by Kenneth Headspeath who has kindly offered to organise a short butchery demo for the Scottish BG club. The plan would be to travel by bus, subsidised for members by the Scottish BG club to Highland drovers first for the demo and then to visit nearby Jamesfield Farm shop and Restaurant, Abernethy, Fife KY14 6EW. After that we would travel north to Borland Farm to view their Belted Galloway herd plus the Highlanders and Hebridean sheep.

To aid with planning - please notify if you wish to attend and please advise numbers in your party. Further details out soon.

Zan Kirk
Low Kirkbride Farm, Auldgirth, Dumfries, DG2 0SP
tel: 01387 820258 email: lowkirkbride@btinternet.com

This event is open to all Belted Galloway breeders, potential breeders and friends – visitors from further afield are most welcome.



Previous Events

30th July 2017
Belted Galloway Ireland Farm Walk
Report coming soon


August 2016
World Galloway Congress Herd Visits - Southern and South West England



12th September 2015
Derbyshire Peak District Two Herd Open Day – Bigginvale & Eadale herds – Adams & Halliwell family



23rd August 2015
Scottish Open Day - Clifton herd Visit - Anne Bell – Dumfries


8th August 2015
Belted Galloway Club Ireland - Michael Barron - Co.Tipperary, Ireland


1st August 2015
Dartmoor Herd Visit - Southern Breeders Group – Halstock & Sherberton Herds – John & Selina Hodge & Anton & Alison Coaker


23rd August 2014
Belted & White Galloway Herd Visit – Off The Wall Herd – Tim Oliver - Northumberland


13th - 15th August 2014
Riggit Galloway Cattle Society Jamboree August 2014 –  TwoMills Galloways - Jeremy Perkins – Bury St Edmonds, Suffolk


15th & 16th August 2013
Riggit Galloway Cattle Society Meeting August 2013 – Stonehouse – Richardson family - Cumbria


4th August 2013
Scottish Open Day - Cairnsmore & Mochrum herd visits– Landers family & David Bertie – Dumfriesshire