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Aldermere Hamish, Champion and Grand National Champion 1975-76


Ask any local in Rockport or Camden where the "Belties" are, and they’ll point you to Aldermere Farm, long one of the area’s popular attractions, especially for kids longing for a look at the famous black and white colored "Oreo cookie" cows. But the Belted Galloways grazing in Aldermere’s green pastures aren’t just for decoration. Aldermere Belties are known to breeders around the world as some of the finest stock anywhere.

Bred primarily for beef, Belties originated in the mountains of Southwest Scotland--an area once called the province of Galloway. In this cold, damp, and rugged country, the Galloways bred by the Scots became an exceptionally hardy breed, adapting to the severe conditions. In winter they grow a shaggy overcoat which, in combination with the soft short undercoat, protects them from the cold and damp. Unlike many other breeds, the Belties were able to forage for themselves on the range during the winter. Their development under these conditions made the breed highly resistant to disease and genetic problems.

Manager Ron Howard makes friends (photo: Sara Gray)

In 1953 the Aldermere herd of Belted Galloways was established when Mr. Chatfield purchased a bull and six cows from Harry Prock of Pennsylvania. Mr. Chatfield subsequently brought more stock to the farm from Scotland. Between 1955 and 1972, he imported Lullenden Irene and Lullenden Arigusta from the Ian Hamilton herd, along with the bull Mochrum Orion which replaced first herd sire Aldermere Hapwood Dandie. In 1960 Burnside Great Scot, Supreme Belted Galloway in Scotland, was imported. In 1966 he bought two heifers from the Whittingehame herd at East Lothian, noting that the dam which produced these heifers, Whittingehame Serena Neilson, was the largest Beltie cow he had ever seen, weighing 1600 lbs.

Over the years the Chatfields and long-time Farm Manager Dwight Howard worked together to develop one of the premier herds of Belted Galloways in the world. In fairs around the country, Aldermere cattle have been awarded the highest level of recognition of any farm over the last 30 years. Today the Aldermere herd is the oldest continually-operated herd of Belted Galloway cattle in the United States today. Numbers generally range from 75 (winter) to 100 (summer) head.

Together the Chatfields and long-time Farm Manager Dwight Howard built a renowned herd.

Aldermere farm routinely sells cattle and semen to other breeders.

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Upcoming Events

Aldermere Achievers Attending North American International Livestock Expo - November 14-20, 2015

Aldermere Farm’s very own 4H Club, the Aldermere Achievers will be in Louisville, Kentucky showcasing our Belted Galloways at the North American International Livestock Exposition. They will attend the Beef Cattle Show from November 14 - 20, 2015 with several Belties from our herd. The members have worked very hard for the past year raising in excess of $17,000 to ensure that all the members and their cattle could make the trip.

Beltie Holiday - Saturday, December 5, 2015

Our Beltie Holiday event takes place annually as part of the Christmas by the Sea festivities in Camden and Rockport. Children and adults are encouraged to come and have their picture taken with a Beltie calf and craft a Beltie ornament of your own. Please bring your own camera and one of our event staff will happily take a photo for you. Hot chocolate will be served throughout the morning and baked goods may be purchased from our 4H members. Beltie Holiday takes place at 20 Russell Avenue from 9am - Noon. Pre-registration is not required and parking is along the road side.