Friday, 15 May 2009
'Turning out day'
My husband's family have farmed in this area since 1920's. When his grandfather was farming, 15th May was an important date in his farming calender. After months of caring for cattle indoors today was the day they returned to the fields. Some years there would be decent weather before this, but he always erred on the side of caution and refused to 'turn out' earlier, no matter how good the weather. His concern was that frosty nights could return.
The cattle in the photo belong to a neighbouring farmer. They are Belted Galloway cattle (Belties). The beef from these cattle is sold to the oldest restaurant in London.
The Belties originate from the Galloway region of South West Scotland, more information and photos of these unusual creatures can be found
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