2017 Summer Herd Visit

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.