The Croasdale Herd of pedigree Belted Galloway's was started in 2001. the herd was formed to be used for conservation grazing up on the fell.
The cattle are very suited to the farm and they have been a vital component to the Environmental Stewardship schemes through their selective grazing, allowing more native plant species to grow, which in turn is improving habitats and the array of wildlife on the farm.
30 cows calve each year and we run up to 100 head of mixed aged cattle at any one time. It is a closed herd, only buying new bulls in every 3-4 years, which are sourced by studying bloodlines and genetics. The Croasdale herd is part of the Premium Cattle Health Scheme, having a Risk Level 1 for Johnes Disease and accredited since 2008 for BVD. we are situated in a TB 4 yearly testing area.
Many Cattle have been sold direct off farm over the years to many places throughout the UK including Northern Ireland and recently two to Europe, going to Germany. In the past we have attended the Society sale at Castle Douglas with a number of heifers, and more recently and frequently attending the Society Sale at Carlisle, with a mix of heifers and breeding bulls.
Two yearling heifers exported to Germany December 2018
Croasdale Neptune pictured 18 month old, sold at Carlisle May 2018.
Croasdale Nevada, Sold at Carlisle may 2018
Croasdale Hawk at the Hodder Valley Show.
Sold at Carlisle
Croasdale Bella sold at Castle Douglas