The Long Grey Line Farm

Located in Alabama for 38 years, American Saddlebred Horses, AKC Rhodesian Ridgeback Dogs, Belted Galloway  Cattle,  
Savannah, Kiko and Alpine Meat/Milk goats, imported Welsh Sheep Dogs, Great Pyrenees, bait or compost worms, Demisted Beetles
 
2752 Hobbs Island Road Huntsville, Alabama 35803
and Ft. White, Florida
(256) 883-9814
 
 
welcomes you.
 
We are NOT organic.  We ARE natural: antibiotic free, hormone free, steroid free, and herbicide free.
  
We reflect on our past and look to the future.
 
 
 
Martha Aitken has been honored by being
included in the Who's Who Publisher's
prestigious roster of Top Female Executives. 
Professionals, and Entrepreneurs in honor 
of outstanding excellence and dedication.
 
 
                              
                      THE GREY PRINCE                                                                         KISS IN THE MIST
 
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The Long Grey Line Farm began operation early in 1976.  Hell Cats' Reveille by Broadlands' Kilarney and out of Evan's Lula Twigg by Command Attention was selected to head the breeding program.  He was bred by W.W. Evans, Winds Aloft Farm, Louisville, Kentucky.  Soon another stallion, Badge of Gallantry by Gallant Guy O'Goshen and out of Autumn Twilight by Anderson Aire by Anderson Rex (full brother to Captain Courageous),  was also purchased from Winds Aloft Farm.  Mares who were eighteen to twenty one years of age were purchased to try to intensify some of the old bloodlines.  Today, their sons, daughters, grandsons and granddaughters are continuing the program to bring back the old bloodlines of Jack Twigg (for the beauty, very smooth trot and leggy motioned way of going) and King Barrymore (for the big strong hooves)  among others.  A special effort to intensify the Kalarama Rex bloodlines (to ensure stamina and athletic ability) has been carried out and today some of the most potent Kalarama Rex blood can be found on our farm. Nearly every world's champion at Louisville each year traces to Kalarama Rex. In the  1990s, we made the decision to broaden our minds and our marketing to include sport horses. Saddlebreds are versatile horses who love to work at different jobs.  A good horse is a good horse who can do several jobs well.  Most of our horses free-jump well and show potential as jumpers or dressage horses.  We have proven that they can do endurance with a Saddlebred Select Bronze Award from the American Saddlebred Horse Association to Bugle Call Rag, a full brother to breeding stallion, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy. Several of our horses have competed as jumpers and field hunters and some are being schooled in dressage. We hope that when you  look over our stallion roster and our list of horses for sale that you will find something that suits your needs. We are always willing to talk about bloodlines and horses. Begun as a horse breeding farm, the Farm has changed to become a livestock breeding operation. Natural food is becoming more and more desirable. Our goal has always been to produce livestock without hormones, herbicides, pesticides, etc.  This becomes a real challenge sometimes, but it is a goal worth pursuing.  

Martha and her daughter exhibited fancy poultry on the East Coast and in Alabama, so it was only natural to continue to have unusual poultry and waterfowl. They also competed at horse shows in the early 1970s with Martha driving and riding her five-gaited gelding, Caesar, and the children showing their versatile little Welsh mare, Stormy Day. Martha's family had American Saddle Horses before World War II, so her interest and knowledge goes back a long way. 

 We are eliminating our horse herd and horse equipment. Click here for a list.

 Check out our horses for sale (updated 15 September 2014)

 

READY or COMING SOON!  Status updated as of 15 September 2014

 

BELTED GALLOWAY BEEF FOR SALE - Only one quarter remains to be sold. This beef is from a grass-fed animal.  We do feed less than a pound per animal of pellets without soy or corn. We do not use any antibiotics or steroids on our cattle and the fields have no insecticide, pesticide or herbicide on them. The beef is lean and flavorful. Price, $5/pound hanging weight. Packaged weight is nearly double the price. This price is just about equal to Walmart's Angus Grass Fed prices. Available in mid-October.

BABY GOATS FOR SALE - We have had 21 baby goats, with more on the way, a few are registered American Alpine Dairy Goats, many are crossed Alpine with a little Boer or Savannah meat goats, Saanen, Nigerian or Nubian milk goats. All are sired by Zeke, our registered American Alpine buck. All colors are available, but the registered ones all look like Zeke. They have had excellent care and are regularly treated for worms. Have been given first immunization. Still for sale: registered mini-Alpine doeling and buckling , sired by the registered Alpine buck, Zeke, dam a registered Alpine doe, $125. 

Welsh Sheep Dog Puppies - We imported our pair from Wales. I have had some interest in puppies. If four buyers provide a $50 non-refundable deposit, I will breed Tan on her next heat cycle. (I have two buyers waiting for puppies.)Bryn has turned out to be a wonderful herder and varmint dog, as well as a family friend and protector. (He hates Armadillos and Possums.) They will listen to voice and call off of any command without a down-stay and will accept a new command. I am very pleased with the breed and I couldn't get along without Bryn now. Puppies will sell for $300 at weaning, which is an exceptional bargain. Jill, a two year old from the first litter, ready to train for stock work or companion - Special price, since we are moving and I don't have any spare time to work with her - $75.   If you have livestock, you need a Welsh Sheep Dog! Give Martha a call.

Bait or Compost Worms - Bait Worms - Red Wigglers @ $20/lb or $1.50/cup (18 worms) or European Night Crawlers @ $20/lb or $1.50/cup (15 worms) are available. 

Demisted Beetles - These flesh-eating beetles love to clean skulls. We offer this service to hunters who wish to have skull mounts of their wild pigs, deer or what have you. They have cleaned horse and cow skulls for farmers who just want to decorate the barn walls. Price is $50 and up.  

Compost - If you wish to have a kitchen compost system custom created for you, call Martha and she will set up an appointment for a private session with you. Prices start at $25 which includes worms, medium and private instruction, but you provide the container. This is a fun, educational project for youngsters young and old! Worms are good for the earth and produce outstanding potting soil for your plants. And, if you are a prepper, good to eat - if you are real hungry. I hear that they are very good if dried, crumbled and added to cookies or over salad, baked potato, etc. Also good, rinsed and dipped in lots of hot sauce.  A good source of protein - if you are real hungry! I haven't gotten there yet. 

Khaki Campbell Ducks, the egg layers (ours lay about 10 months out of 12). Duck eggs @ $4 per dozen. I will be selling most of the flock prior to our move.  Price: $15/pair

Young pig for sale - One Berkshire/"Blue Butt" gilt, priced at $225. She weighs about 240# and was raised in the old garden, so got to act like a pig! She can be a meat pig or is fine enough to be bred for a big litter of piglets.  We will breed her to Buster, the Berkshire boar, at no charge, so long as he is here.

AMERICAN SADDLEBRED - A stallion, one broodmare, a gaited mare and one two year old filly in training are for sale. Dispersing the herd. Contact martha@longgreylinefarm.com to reserve any stock. For list, click on Horses for Sale, found above.

 

Kiss in the Mist is being aimed for the Ladies or Juvenile Five Gaited classes and is ready for your consideration. She is a powerhouse as you can see. Check out the two advertising pages for more photos. Contact Koos Van Den Berg, Harrodsburg, KY @ 502-257-2311.

                           

                                                Kiss in the Mist

The Long Grey Line Farm has participated in the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) since 1974. We are inspected annually by a USDA inspector.

As a natural addition to the animals, we have added Red Wiggler Worms, European Night Crawlers and a few mealworms. They are offered year around. Fresh bait is sometimes difficult to find. We will have big and little worms ready for your compost project or fishing, if you call ahead. 256-883-9814. In addition, we have also added Demestid Beetles, which are flesh eating beetles. They will clean a head to make a beautiful skull for mounting in a matter of weeks. Skulls are $50 and up, depending upon size and condition. They cleaned deer skulls last winter and wild hogs and goat in the summer. We have a few cleaned skulls for sale, individually price by the skull.

We have added goats to the menagerie. I decided to have some cross breeds, two sizes: meat goats which are Savannah, Kiko and Boer crosses and smaller goats, more for milk or small meat goats: Alpine/LaMancha/meat goat crosses.  I have  purchased  American Alpine does with their doeling offspring, Clarabell and Piper, and a buck, Zeke, who is our herd sire for the milk does. I have a small pure bred Tennessee Fainting buck, Colby, who is used on the small does. In order to improve our meat and herd health, we have just added an outstanding registered Kiko buck, Jeff, and plan to add a few Kiko does in the near future. In addition, I have just purchased a herd of 17 Savannah does and an unrelated registered buckling, Chuck, to head the breeding program.

I have recently added Kiko and Savannah (also called White Goats in South Africa) meat goats to our herd.  The breeds are hardy and less susceptible to internal parasites than the Boer goats. I have does, who are Boer crosses, but no purebred Boers in the herd. The Savannah is a native of South Africa and the Kiko is a native of New Zealand. I also have purchased a spotted Boer/Kiko doe with twin spotted 3/4 Kiko babies. I hope to add some color to the herd. Next year should mark a new era in our goat production with more meat goats than milk goats and possibly some lovely spots and splashes.

They are clearing out an area of brush since goats are more a browse than grazing animal. Our goats are fed a small ration of a mixture of goat pellets, livestock pellets, with no corn or soy, and hay. The goats are in stalls at night but are on pasture by day. We use no herbicides, pesticides, or defoliants on our land and the animals receive no routine antibiotics. We rotate pastures to help combat parasites. We must worm the goats and I am working on using diatomaceous earth and herbs to combat the parasites in addition to commercial wormers. Goat meat has less cholesterol than chicken. It ends up at $6/pound, ground or pieces, ready to cook. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chuck Gibson, KY Savanna Goats, Albany, KY and Martha with the new Savanna buck, who will head up the Savannah meat goat herd at The Long Grey Line Farm. He is 4 months old, big and absolutely beautiful! 

                    

BERKSHIRE, THE CONNOISSEUR'S PORK.

After much research, we decided to switch from Landrace to Berkshire pigs. The meat is generally accepted as the best of all traits in pork for its superior taste, texture and marbling. I originally purchased registered Berkshires but the cost of registering and notching the piglet's ears did not seem to give a better return in market price, so I dropped the registration papers. The pigs are pure Berkshire, but not registered since I do not breed for show. The pigs are fed a commercial Tucker Milling pellet with no corn or soy plus greenery from the garden, pumpkins or sweet potatoes in season plus hay - no hormones or antibiotics, just good food. It takes a little longer to reach their desirable weight, but the excellent meat is worth the wait. The return on pork is somewhat higher than beef and is around 60-65%, so the value is very good. We are selling all of the pigs by this Fall in preparation for our move to Florida early next year. Buster, the boar, is still available for purchase. The sows have been sold. One gilt (Berkshire/commercial cross) is still available.

Call 256-883-9814 or martha@longgreylinefarm.com if you are interested in buying exceptional Berkshire breeding stock. 

BERKSHIRE PIGS  

Three hundred years ago, the pigs of Reading, the county seat of the shire of Berks in England, were discovered by Oliver Cromwell's army. After the war the fame of the Berkshire Hog was spread.  It was larger than other breeds and the meat was of rare quality and flavor.  One of the breed's added qualities is the ability to finish at any age. The original Berkshire was red, sometimes with spots. Japanese blood was introduced to increase gain and to stabilize color to a consistent black with four white legs, white stripe on the face with a white nose.  The breed has been pure for over two hundred years. The Japanese call it Kurobuta Pork

In the past, the excellent quality of the Berkshire pigs made them a favorite of the rich upper class.  The Royal Family kept a large Berkshire herd at Windsor Castle for many years. The first Berkshires were brought to the USA in 1823 and the breed registry was established in 1875, making it the oldest swine registry in America. Recently the Berkshire has changed slightly towards producing pigs with more efficient growth, larger litters with improved breed-back time, and less fat with good meat quality. Because Berkshires have been bred for centuries, the breed has been able to meet modern criteria without difficulty. The Berkshire is truly a heritage breed of livestock. Specialty smokehouses feature Berkshire pork and gourmet restaurants frequently offer Berkshire loin. One prominent mail order steak house is offering 8 ounce Berkshire Pork Chops for $17.50 each. Competitive barbecuers use Berkshire meat for their winning recipes. Berkshire is the pork connoisseur's choice!

More information may be found: www.americanberkshire.com 

                              

                                                    Berkshire Piglets, 1 week old                           Landrace/Yorkshire Piglets

For a Landrace/Yorkshire piglet video click here

 Tan, the imported Welsh Sheep Dog......Photos below. Contact martha@longgreylinefarm.com to discuss a future puppy. 

Bryn, the male Welsh Sheep Dog, has proven to be an excellent stock dog, without any formal training. I could not gather the stock without him! He goes out alone and brings in the milk cow, works the Belted Galloway herd, gathers the goats and drives them to the barn, and checks at night outside the barn and brings in the stray chickens and turkeys. All of this is on voice and hand signals.... an exceptional stock dog! Jill, the female from the imported mating, is available.  She is two years old and ready for training as a stock dog. Special price since we are moving - $75.

 

 

       

          Bryn and his pups                                                                   Terrwen (Brave Fair One) in Idaho                                     

             

Rhonda with Bonnie                                                                 Roland with Dewi                                       

 

   

Martha Aitken became a Certified Breed Judge for The American Warmblood Registry in June 1998 after extensive study and testing in England and in Germany.  She was soon certified as an AHSA (now USEF) Dressage Sport Horse Breeding Judge, which sent her to shows all around the United States. This led her to inspecting sport horses for other breed registries. She has made the decision to retire her USEF Judge's License because flying is no longer fun, travel is becoming tedious at her age and she is needed to operate the farm. She has also made the decision to cease riding instruction in the spring of 2009 so that she can devote more time to writing.  Several books, one humorous about adventures on the farm, and another on the life of General William Temple Withers, her great grandfather, are currently in the works.  Withers fought and was wounded at the Battle of Buena Vista in the Mexican War,  fought in the War Between the States, then founded an internationally known Trotting Horse farm, Fairlawn Stock Farm, in Lexington, Ky.  He died in 1889 and in 2008, Martha submitted his name and accomplishments to the Harness Racing Hall of Fame.  He was accepted and Martha, with some other relatives, journeyed to Goshen, N.Y. to attend his induction as an Immortal in the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2009. This is such a great honor and we are very proud. See more on this in the PHOTO GALLERY.  Extensive research is being done and a book has been started.  A target date for publication is set for 2015. If you are interested in procuring a copy, autographed, of course, contact martha@longgreylinefarm.com 

In October 1999, Martha was invited to speak at the annual Horse Day Symposium at the University of California, Davis. To see her presentation, "What is a Warmblood ?"  Click here

She has also written commentary on The American Saddlebred as a Warmblood Sport Horse.  Click here   

In July 2009, Martha journeyed to Goshen, NY to attend the induction of her great grandfather, General William Temple Withers, as an Immortal in the Harness Racing Hall of Fame. This honor came one hundred and twenty years after his death.  The tribute that appeared in the souvenir journal of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame can be viewed here. In August 2012, Martha journeyed to Gunnison and Almont, Colorado where a research writing by John Jordan was presented on the history of Almont, Colorado. The town and the Almont Resort and Inn was named for General Withers' stallion, Almont, who sired the locally prominent stallion, Firmont. The town had to have a name in order to establish a post office, so Almont was selected. It is amazing that all of these roads lead to General William Temple Withers and Fairlawn Stock Farm more than 120 years later! And I am blessed to be a part of the recognition.

 

Click here for pictures of our  trip to Germany with the A.R.A.B.S. (American Registry of Arab Bred Sporthorses) in  August 2001 to learn about Shagyas.

AMERICAN SADDLEBRED STALLIONS 

 

Wingate's Chindit

Full blood brother to Merrill's Marauder

So much motion ! High-set necks, extra motion and exciting show horse ways. A 2009 chestnut colt out of Ice Dreamer by Vanilla Ice - very sharp and gifted - Our Liberator was in training with Koos Van Den Berg and has been sold.  You'll hear about him in the future!

 

Wingate's Chindit died in early July2012. A few of his get remain to be sold.

 

Our Grey Dawn

Dapple Grey, line-bred Kalarama Rex bloodline, very high head, short back, tiny ears with hooks, gorgeous head, show horse presence and charisma. 

Our Grey Dawn is dead, just shy of his thirty-first year. You know, when it comes to horses, only someone who has walked the path before can understand the loss of a friend. I closed Grey Dawn’s eyes for the last time when I found him, but this morning I have to deal with removing him from the stall and getting him buried. We had fog last night, which froze on everything.  Now it is a winter fairyland, which is very unusual for us. Our Grey Dawn was orphaned at three days of age. When we carried Chocolate Kiss by Royal Kalarama, to the burial site, it was a beautiful sunny day.  From out of nowhere, a rain cloud appeared and it showered on us for maybe 30 seconds. I always felt like it was the Heavens crying with us over the loss of the magnificent mare. It would follow that the farm would be covered with frozen tears this morning over the loss of her son.

Caisson

We are sad to announce that General Withers died unexpectedly  in 2011. He was a beautiful stallion with charisma, courage, stamina, excellent conformation, and show horse ways, which he passed on to his get.  His bloodlines are exceptionally old and valuable to the American Saddlebred. We miss him very much.

 

General Withers' son, CAISSON, will now stand at stud. His dam is Carolina Waltz, which makes him a full brother to the gorgeous and talented, THE GREY PRINCE.

CAISSON is 16.3, dappled grey, with a beautiful large eye. He is handsome, intelligent and kind. He has a long neck and displays much natural motion. He will produce traditional show horses as well as sport horses.

 

 Caisson is for sale

In training in Kentucky

and standing at stud.  

 

 Pacific Mist

The power of intense Kalarama Rex bloodlines through both sire and dam, plus in his distant sire line in the 1880's is my great grandfather's trotting stallion, Almont, described as having almost human intelligence and fluid trotting action.

Adds motion, refinement, power, elegance, show horse ability, versatility and grey!

He only has ten get and is 20 years old. He is one of the best kept secrets in the country. His daughter, Tashi's Mist,  has done well on the show circuit in Texas! His first foal for our farm arrived May 2009 out of Gallantry's Jarmara by Badge of Gallantry - a  grey filly, Fairy Mist, who is lovely with show horse looks and ability. Another filly foal out of Perpetual Kiss by The Silver Lining. Kiss In The Mist is large, very talented with high set neck, beautiful head, great conformation and she is grey! She is in training, being gaited,  with Koos Van Den Berg in Kentucky. Pacific Mist produces grey foals and usually fillies. 

Pacific Mist is sold and lives in West Virginia

Click on any stallion for more information

I have sold the breeding equipment and I do not plan to breed anymore.  You missed a golden opportunity.

 

 

 Horses in Snow, January 2011

To visit our Blacksmith Shop Quartet, click here and then click on each horse

 

I will be breeding Ella and Masadi this year. This will be Masadi's first litter and I think that they will be excellent.  She is an Ella/Sunnie daughter and will be bred to Justa. If you desire a puppy, be sure that you send an email to be put on the notification list.  martha@longgreylinefarm.com    More details below.

 

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A Rumble of Ridgebacks, Suzi, Wanu, and Masai

AKC Rhodesian Ridgebacks of recently imported African lineage are usually for sale. Our former senior stud dog's dam was imported from Zimbabwe. We still mourn Wanu's death in September 2006, just short of his tenth birthday. His son, Justa Nutta Tsu (dam, African Tsu), stepped up to breeding duties in 2007, and now his son fills that role.  We imported a pair from South Africa in 2002. Zula and African Tsu have proven to be just what we needed in our breeding program.   Puppies are usually $700-800, but occasionally are priced for less. We ship Delta Dash and try to select a puppy that suits you.  We are always happier to have the puppies picked up at the farm. We have bred Rhodesian Ridgebacks for more than 36 years. The first two of the four stud dogs that we have used through the years were sired by imported stock or by sons of imported stock. Add in our recent imported blood from South Africa and Zimbabwe, plus a female from yet another imported line, and you have a very good genetic mix. Our goal has always been to produce good family dogs who could earn their keep by working if needed. Some of our stock has gone on to be working farm dogs and hunting dogs, a few have gone to the show ring, many have completed obedience and service dog programs, but most have ended up being family friends and protectors who were loved and cherished by their owners. We regretfully announce the deaths of Zula and African Tsu, our imported pair. We are continuing the bloodlines through their sons and daughters.

 Ella Tsu, sired by an imported male, who because of the exception size and quality of her pups and her close ties to imported blood on both sides of her pedigree, price will remain at $800. Her daughter, Masadi, when bred to Justa, will produce pups for $600. A non-refundable, but transferable, deposit of  $100 will be required at time of notification of the puppies birth. Remaining money owed will be paid in cash at time of pick-up. Contact us if you wish to purchase a Ridgeback puppy. 

 Contact Martha@longgreylinefarm.com  

 

                      

 

Contact martha@longgreylinefarm.com or call 256-883-9814 if you are interested in a puppy or would like to be notified when the next litter is expected. 

     

                  Gypsy and Zoe, owned by Brooke, after a hard day's work

   

Gypsy and Zoe, guardians,  and Joey                                    Lee's Embra

                              

            LaTarga comforts Bill's mother                              Carly and Chi - Nap Time

              

       Alison's Aku shares some sun with Vikki, the Dobe          Emma and Mongo taking a break

   

                                      Austin and friend, Rudo                               Faith and her new friend, Logan

 

   

                    Andi's herd playing in New Orleans park                                    What a comfy seat!

      

                                        

        Ridgeback Desert Hunters                                        Ella cooling off in the Water Tub

     

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Justa and son Wanu

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Peaceful Coexistence - Sheridan and Annie

A Batch of Oreos

 Belted Galloways - This is considered to be a Heritage Breed.

The breed's first recorded history dates to the 16th Century in the rugged hills of the former Galloway district of Scotland where they were selected for their thriftiness and ability to withstand the adverse conditions. The Belted Galloway has long hair on the back, so that the extra fat is not necessary to keep warm in the winter and biting insects are rarely a problem in the summer. Results of a multi-breed research project conducted by a Canadian Government Experiment Station, reveal that the Galloway ranks second only to the Buffalo in hair density tests. (I don't know if Alabama cattle can make this claim!) Angus also come from Scotland, but were selected for their rapid growth, not thriftiness. It is believed that the belted variety of Galloway cattle evolved from an early Celtic breed and is probably a cross of Black Galloways on Dutch Belted. They are polled, meaning that they have no horns, but they can still lay one on you with their head! This is a good-natured beef breed of medium size, who consume weeds, scrub and rough grass. I refer to them as the goats of the bovine world. Our mature bull weighs about 1200 pounds or less and is approximately 47 inches at the hip. The cows are about 800 pounds and produce well into their teens. We have a 21 year old cow who still has a calf each year. Babies are very small at birth but quickly grow into fine young animals because their mamas have such good milk. They are thrifty and do not require extra quality forage to attain good growth.  Because the animal is a little smaller, steaks are closer to the new guide-lines for boutique portions. Exciting color, good disposition, no horns, good growth rate without pushing with high protein diet and lean flavorful meat. Since the Belted Galloways are free grazers, their meat is high in Omega 3, an essential fatty acid necessary for human growth and development. What a wonderful combination of traits! 

 We feed the entire herd a little commercial cattle feed (which contains no corn or soy) once a day, mainly to establish a routine for recovery in case they get out of the field.  Shake a bucket with a few pellets and they come running! The herd has free-choice grass and hay available. Hay is raised on our farm with no pesticides or herbicides used. We know what our Belties have eaten and that it is a healthy diet. The meat is flavorful, not like over-the-counter meat, mildly sweet with a light amount of marbling in the muscle plus a layer of fat on the outside.  The butcher says that he loves my Beltie Beef because it is pre-trimmed.  He doesn't have to trim fat and throw it away.  This means money in your pocket. It can be cut thick if you desire larger portions. We are currently selling most of our herd because we only plan to move the bull and a few cows with us to Florida. Better hurry because only a few cows remain to be sold. For more information on the wonderful Belted Galloway:  www.Beltie.org 

 Our first bull, called Cupcake, had a very good disposition and put it on his calves. They are easy to work around. He was a "heifer bull", meaning that he produced small calves but our cows all have good milk to make them grow out rapidly.  Cupcake died in late 2013. His replacement, bred by Miracle Farm in Kentucky, has been purchased and is maturing with the herd.  In 2007, one of our senior cows died shortly after giving birth.  Her daughter had a calf the morning that she died and took on the orphan plus her calf.  The two babies, a heifer and a bull, grew out just fine. Our heifers, with their great maternal instinct, would be a grand beginning for a herd. 

BELTIES FOR SALE

  Some are registered or are eligible to register with the Belted Galloway Society. Price is $1500 for cows. Only three cows remain to be sold. Since they are running with Miracle, the young bull, hopefully they are bred, but are not preg checked. Young bulls are for sale at $800-1000, depending upon age. I no longer register the young stock because the Belted Galloway Society has moved the paperwork to Canada. When and if they return the record keeping to the USA, I will begin again. I love our country and this move is both expensive and lacking in patriotic spirit. I will provide applications for the buyer to make a personal decision. Contact martha@longgreylinefarm.com  if you wish to add a Beltie to your life.

Look at the Mini-Moo that was born 30 January 2008.  The calf beside her is 18 days older and of normal size. The big calf has been her constant companion, guardian and playmate since birth. The Rhodesian Ridgeback was bigger than she was at birth.  The rooster's tail was higher than her shoulder. This tiny heifer was sold to Texas. The little boy is being checked out by a miniature heifer, who is the companion to our Jersey cow. The cow is expecting a Miniature Jersey baby, sired by Atwo Atwo, in mid-September.  See the photos and write-up below.

    

We have added  an A1/A2 Jersey milk cow to the herd. She is milked daily to produce milk for the farm and has been bred to an A/2A/2 Miniature Jersey bull.  Hopefully, this will produce a mid-size A/2/A/2 Jersey calf. The A2/A2 genetic link is very interesting.  Google it to see the details. I believe that it will increase the value of the calves. Martha Jersey (I didn't name her.  She was already named when I bought her.) is due to calve in mid-September. Contact Martha (the two-legged one) if you are interested in purchasing this calf. Martha Jersey is getting close to having her calf.  She has a beautiful full udder and she obviously has a baby in her.  I am excited!

            

Martha Jersey

 

Introducing our farm hands:

Tan & Bryn, imported Welsh Sheep Dogs

Ella, Rhodesian Ridgeback 

A pair of Great Pyrenees to guard the goats 

Tan, the Welsh Sheepdog

 

                       

              Tan, Bryn and Ella, enjoying the snow                                                             Griz    Sweetie, Rhodesian Ridgeback     

Griz, a McNab Stock Dog,  was added to help Martha with the cattle, pigs and geese. He proved to be a header, not a driver or gatherer.  Since we needed specific herding traits, we located the perfect stock dogs in Wales. A pair of Welsh Sheep Dogs was imported from the finest stock to be found in Wales.  They are remarkable dogs, exceptionally intelligent and born with so much natural herding instinct! We needed farm dogs, but they also make outstanding agility dogs and some compete in Frisbee competitions. Tan, the female, is a long hair  and Bryn, the male, is a short hair. We have had no problems with Tan collecting burrs in her fur, which was a fear when she first arrived. She has a beautiful soft coat, much like Lassie, that does not require grooming. Our dogs are very loving companions.  A bonus is that they are great at locating armadillos, possums (and sometimes skunks) in the barn. They don't bother the barn cats and chickens. There are only a handful of Welsh Sheep Dogs in the USA at this time. They are wonderful dogs, whether at work or at play or just lounging around the house. Bryn goes out into the field and brings the cattle herd into the barn each evening. Considering that I know very little about training, he is doing a remarkable job and is a joy to watch! He actually finds the Jersey milk cow in the dark in a 20 acre field and brings her to the barn. Tan works the birds.  Griz and Bryn help herd the goats.  Each dog has a job. Contact martha@longgreylinefarm.com to discuss the purchase of a future Welsh Sheep Dog.  See more pictures of Welsh Sheep Dogs in our  picture gallery

I did not intend to add more dogs; however, I came to the conclusion that I needed guardians for the goats, so the natural choice was Great Pyrenees. The new puppies live in the stall with the goats and will never be allowed to come into the house. They are on guard 24/7. Biscuit and Honey are gorgeous puppies from working guardian parents. They should do well when they grow up. We hope that they can keep the Coyotes, Red Fox and Bob Cats away from the goats. We seem to have them all living on our new farm in Florida.

     

   Biscuit and Honey                                                            Biscuit, Griz, and Bryn

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Contact us at (256) 883-9814 or by e-mail:  martha@longgreylinefarm.com.

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Current stock in The Boodle Shop is being liquidated soon as well as the Farm training equipment.  Watch for the inventory and prices.

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Both of these sites are for sale. Contact martha@longgreylinefarm.com

For Saddlebred pedigree research or art work:

Artist Cynthia Hecht sees with a Saddlebred horseman's eye, having been a successful equitation rider, amateur exhibitor and professional trainer. She draws all breeds, and four of her racehorse portraits have been on loan to the Kentucky Horse Park since 1990. The only member of the Saddlebred industry to participate in the large heart X-factor research, Cynthia has a highly-detailed Saddlebred pedigree analysis service. asbgreatheart@yahoo.com

For excellent, personal horse transportation: 

Steve Merka - 770-778-1300 or doubledeuceranch@comcast.net;  (box stall and personal care) 

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Photography of The Grey Prince and Kiss in the Mist by Laura Stanton, Shelbyville, KY  502-220-1299 

merrithought@gmail.com

She is available for local farm shoots and the photos are outstanding.

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