Our business strategy is to expand the business in Britain for our Dexter and Beltie
He began collecting lots of old farm machinery after noticing it was always left unsold at the end of sales and becoming worried that the nation would lose its farming heritage RELICS OF PAST Beltie
farmer Paul Coppen spent years collecting old machinery
Painting: I bought this picture of a Beltie
Cow for Alex as a birthday gift.
This of course wouldn't work with the Galloway Beltie.
Belties with one stripe are a sort of economy stripe bovine zebra.
She gave Dad a Beltie
cow, and me a miniature donkey," Proctor said.
In Banchory, Kincardine-shire, another historic home, Easter Beltie
House, is in need of tender loving care to restore it to its original grandeur.
Jane Smith, secretary of the NSA Wales and Border ram sales, has been breeding Belties
for 10 years.
The author collects cash payment from landowners to have the belties
clear rough land of weeds, trees and hay grass where tractors cannot go, thus the cows not only provide beef for sale, but a steady bit of side income.
This low intensity regime of pastoral farming mirrors the management system in operation at White Close Hill where the Belties
are reared exclusively on a natural diet of grass and hay or haylage produced on the farm with no bought-in feedstuffs whatsoever.
The area is famous for its Galloway cattle, fondly known as Belties
because of the white band around their middle.
And with CAP reform now promoting the environment rather than food production, Mr Coppen feels his herd of Belties
will have even more work to do.