Brightenflatt

The Brightenflatt Herd is located at Scaleby near Carlisle, and only 8 miles from the H & H Mart. The Bell family decided in 2011 after rearing sheep for many years that they would like some cattle because they are just so much easier to keep. Having spent many years holidaying in South West Scotland  (and seeing what we now know were the Park herd) we were convinced that Belted Galloways were the parkland furniture we wanted to see on our 255 acre lowland farm.

Initially 6 heifers were purchased from the Castlefield herd of Roger Robson. We have had some success with the use of AI with sires Park Perseus, Ballylough Jock and Southfield Major Ronaldo.  Past sires also include Crystal Concord,  Park Waverley, and  Coulmony Ronald. Our current main stock bull is Cairnsmore Keegan Sport.

In 2014 we began showing our stock at Dumfries show, winning the calf class, and in 2015 we have also shown at the Cumberland and Gilsland shows.  Our heifer Brightenflatt Carolina was the Champion at the  BGCS Carlisle show and sale in 2016, and at the same event in 2017  our heifer Brightenflatt Daytona was the Reserve Champion Female.

Showing is in the blood in the Bell family: Joe and Natalie's great grandfather had great success showing Clydesdale horses before WW2,  a very tough act to follow. We are hoping Natalie's daughter Lucy and son Jack will be the next generation of young handlers!

We have about 50 cattle in total and  put about 25 females to the bull. The fully accredited  herd is in the CHECS   Hi health scheme:

IBR accredited (vaccinated), BVD accredited (vaccinated and monitored free), Lepto accredited, Johnes R1, TB4 parish.

The aim is to produce quiet easy care stock which thrive from grass and not much more.

Our new venture is a small herd of red  belties, and our stock bull is Delhorn Red Baron, plus we have a good stock of interesting red straws for future use.