My parents, Basil and Irene Wilson with their family moved from Northern Ireland to South West Scotland in the late 1960s to the rugged hills north of Newton Stewart. With a family history of farming and forestry we came to Scotland to plant forests. However the farm side soon pushed to the surface. Having seen how Miss Flora Stuart’s Belties thrived on a neighbouring farm we purchased 2 heifers from her and the rest is history. By the early 1980s we had in excess of 120 cattle, both pedigree and commercial. The latter were run with a Hereford bull. As time went on we cut our numbers down and I now run 14 pedigree breeding cows with our Broadmeadows stock bull. Over the years we have sold bulls and heifers to the Cairngorms and Western Isles as far South of England and many places in between. I always like to pride myself on selling good stock and I say to people that I don’t sell bad animals I hang them up and eat them (excellent grass produced beef).
I currently serve on the Belted Galloway Council as did my late father Basil. I have judged locally and across the water in Ireland.
Since the mid 1970s we have shown Belties at local and national shows only missing 2 Royal Highland Shows in that time. I have fond memories of loading Willie Archer’s float along with other local breeder’s cattle and heading off to the Royal Highland Show and then in a couple of days to the Royal Show followed by the Great Yorkshire Show. Having seen lots of children who went with their parents showing cattle grow up and be the show people of today gives me good heart for the Beltie breed of tomorrow.