Brightenflatt Herd is located at Scaleby near Carlisle. 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 and Park Waverley. Our current main stock bull is Coulmony Ronald.
In 2014 we began showing our stock at Dumfries show, and in 2015 we have also shown at the Cumberland and Gilsland shows. 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 will be the next generation of young handlers!
We run about 20 females plus followers in a TB4 Hi health scheme. The aim is to produce quiet easy care stock which thrive from grass and not much more.