The Long Grey Line Farm
The Long Grey Line Farm began operation in Alabama 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 jn our bloodlines. Nearly every world's champion at Louisville each year traces to Kalarama Rex. 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. We have procured livestock feed without GMO grain in it. We hope that this will make our beef and goat meat even more desirable.
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 horse equipment. Click here for a list or contact firstname.lastname@example.org All horses have been liquidated. Contact Koos Van Den Berg, Kentucky Creek Stable, Harrodsburg, KY for quality American Saddlebreds and Sheep. 502-257-2311.
READY or COMING SOON! Status updated as of 12 June 2015
BELTED GALLOWAY BEEF FOR SALE - It is sold as a traditional quarter or side, cut to your specifications. This beef is from a grass-fed animal. We feed less than a pound per animal of pellets without GMOs, soy or corn. We do not use any antibiotics or steroids on our cattle and the fields have had no insecticide, pesticide or herbicide on them for 39 years. The beef is lean and flavorful. Price for a side or quarter is $5.50/pound hanging weight. Packaged weight is nearly double the price. This price is just about equal to Walmart's Angus Grass Fed prices. Sorry, but the quarters are sold. This will be the last beef for sale in Huntsville. It will be available in Ft. White, FL after this time. That farm has been without herbicides, insecticide, defoliates, pesticides for 29 years. We will continue to pursue a most healthful route in raising our animals.
BABY GOATS FOR SALE - We have Baby goats.....cross bred Savannah, Kiko and Alpine.
We added goats to the farm roster in 2013. 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 purchased American Alpine does with their doeling offspring, Clarabell and Piper, and a buck, Zeke, who was our herd sire for the milk does. In order to improve our meat and herd health, we have added an outstanding registered New Zealand Kiko buck, Jeff, and plan to add a few Kiko does in the near future. In addition, I have just purchased a herd of 20 Savannah does and an unrelated registered buck, Chuck, to head the breeding program.
The reason that I have recently added Kiko and Savannah (also called White Goats in South Africa) meat goats to our herd is that 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.She produced twin white Boer (Savannah) bucklings this year/ The Kiko buck was bred to an Alpine for his test baby. She produced male/female twins. The female will be retained by the farm, but the black buckling is for sale for $125. 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. I have sold Zeke, the Alpine buck, so after this group is born, we will only have Savannah and Kiko crosses.
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 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.
Goat meat has less cholesterol than chicken. It sells for $6/pound, ground or pieces, ready to cook. Since they are small, goats are usually sold both sides as one unit. The meat is mild, more like chicken or fine pork than beef or venison. I use the ground meat just like I do ground beef or pork. I have found a spice, Tzar Dust Memories, sold by Penzey's Spice that is superb on the goat meat. The stew meat is excellent seasoned with Sweet Curry, which is mild, not hot, and served over rice. Our goats are processed at a facility just like the beef or pork. It is packaged in one pound packages. Goat meat will be available until August.
A few goats are eligible as registered American Alpine Dairy Goats, many are crossed Alpine, LaMancha or Saanen with Kiko or Savannah meat goats. All colors are available, most are priced @ $100-150.
We have one black buckling, sired by our New Zealand Kiko buck and out of a Savannah doe. He is beautiful and sweet, would make an excellent improvement sire for a commercial herd. (His twin has been sold.) Priced @ $125.
Several sets of Savannah twins have arrived. Two sets of twin bucklings are for sale and are excellent quality. Unfortunately the former owner did not register the herd and so they are listed as percentage Savannahs but could be outstanding sires for a commercial herd. I am keeping the females this year. The South African Savannah goats have been in the US since the late 1990s. They are all white, some with dark freckles, and sometimes have a brown head like a Boer. The Savannah is an improvement from Boer Goat breeding. I am impressed with their size and muscling. The Savannah/Spanish cross is outstanding, but any Savannah cross is an excellent improvement goat. Our Savannah herd originated from Dale Coody's herd in Oklahoma. Prices for unregistered quality bucklings are $150.
All have had excellent care. If you have a special desire, contact email@example.com We have 45 does and many are pregnant or have producd kids this year. I still have several fully registered Savannah does due to have babies, so they will be eligible for full registration. They will be $400-500.
Welsh Sheep Dog Puppies - We imported our pair from Wales. 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.) and a persistent male. I did not pay attention and did not kennel Tan soon enough. Bryn did what boy dogs always do and so I think that she is with pup. 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. If you have livestock, you need a Welsh Sheep Dog! I didn't intend to have puppies, especially with the farm relocation, but Bryn had other ideas, so we may have a litter in early July. Give Martha a call at 256-883-9814.
Bait or Compost Worms - Bait Worms - Red Wigglers @ $25/lb or $1.50/cup (18 worms) or European Night Crawlers @ $25/lb or $1.50/cup (15 worms) are available. Sold out at this time.
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 $40 and up. They usually take two to three months to clean completely. Sorry, but I probably don't have enough time to clean any more skulls before the move. We have a few cleaned skulls for sale, individually priced by the skull.
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. Price is $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. The flock is sold and I will begin again in Florida, so eggs should be available this winter.
The Long Grey Line Farm has participated in the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) since 1974. We are inspected annually by a USDA inspector.
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 now breeding age, big and beautiful. After the Spring babies are born, he will be the herd sire.
BERKSHIRE, THE CONNOISSEUR'S PORK. We have sold all of our Berkshire pigs.
Tan, the imported Welsh Sheep Dog......Photos below. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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! I cannot say enough good about the Welsh Sheep Dogs.
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, and American Sport Pony Registry 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, such as the A.R.A.B.S. and American Curly Horse Registry and Arabian Sport Horses. She served as a score keeper at the first Arabian Sport Horse Nations in Lexington, Virginia. In 2000, Martha journeyed to Bavaria to study the Shagya. She 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 also made the decision to cease riding instruction in the spring of 2009 so that she can devote more time to writing and farm management.
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.
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.
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 2016. If you are interested in procuring a copy, autographed, of course, contact email@example.com
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.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org More details below.
ARumble 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 no longer ship puppies and recommend that you fly to pick up your puppy and take it home in a carrier under the seat as carry-on-luggage. We are always happier to have the puppies picked up at the farm. We have bred Rhodesian Ridgebacks for more than 38 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 email@example.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
Justa and son Wanu
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 22 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 pelletized feed (which contains no GMO, 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. Our cow/calf herd reduction is complete. I have one outstanding bull calf for sale. His dam developed mastitis, so he was raised on the Jersey cow. He is not a pet, but is very friendly and would make an excellent herd sire. Also available: a Belted Galloway miniature heifer, ready to breed to a small bull. 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 proved to be the right choice. 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. Young bulls are for sale at $800-1200, 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. Pedigree International is starting a herdbook in the United States. If you have purchased a Beltie from us in the past, I will be happy to assist you in completing the paperwork to register your animal. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
We have added an A1/A2 Jersey milk cow to the herd. She is milked daily to produce milk for the farm and is being 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 being bred to a 39" miniature bull this year. Martha Jersey produced a gorgeous bull calf on 3 November. The 2014 calf proved not to be a miniature, so he was banded and will be sold for meat. She has a huge udder, so she has also taken a little Belted Galloway bull calf who needed some extra milk and care. In 24 hours, she decided to take on the second calf. The two claves have been weaned and Martha Jersey is producing two gallons of milk, with once a day milking schedule.
Introducing our farm hands:
Tan & Bryn, imported Welsh Sheep Dogs
Ella, Rhodesian Ridgeback
Three 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 email@example.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 in Florida, (since I have met two Bob Cats and Coyotes on the farm), so the natural choice was Great Pyrenees. The new puppies live in the barn with the goats and will never be allowed to come into the house. They are on guard 24/7 and go to the pasture with the goats each day. Biscuit and Honey are gorgeous puppies from working guardian parents. We added Jam, a 3/4 Great Pyrenees 1/4 Irish Wolf Hound from working guardian parents. They should do well when they grow up and will go to the pastures with the goats. We hope that they can keep the Coyotes, Red Fox and Bob Cats away. We seem to have them all living on our new farm in Florida.
Biscuit and Honey Biscuit, Griz, and Bryn
Honey, Jam (Half Irish Wolf Hound), and Biscuit
Grown Up Goat Guardians
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