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Our Belted Barnyard

cows, goats and chickens

Belted Barnyard

Belted Cows at BarnyardFor two centuries, the Fearrington farm and its rolling pastures have dotted the landscape between Pittsboro and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The farm, now a vibrant village consisting of shops, restaurants and an award-winning inn, still features rolling pastures, farm animals, the dairy barn, silo, and other farm structures. Several of these original buildings have been re-adapted and now form the heart of our Village Center.

Most notable of our farm animals are our beloved signature black and white belted cows, a rare breed of Scottish beef cattle that was introduced to the United States back in the 1950s. In 1982, R.B. Fitch brought a herd of six Belted Galloway Cows from Virginia to Fearrington. There are now over thirty Belties grazing our pastures. Guests often refer to the Belted Galloways as “oreo cows.” Our Belties consistently bring home awards in their category at local and national fairs.

Fearrington farm manager Bob Strowd regularly shows our cattle at state and national venues. These include the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh, and the North American International Livestock Exposition held in Louisville, KY, the largest all-breed, purebred livestock competition in the country. Farmer Bob also cares for our other farm animals, keeping them safe and and white goats frolicking in the fields

You may notice our black and white goats frolicking in the fields with the Belties. Named for a harmless hereditary genetic disorder known as myotonia congenita, fainting goats do not truly faint, but stiffen when startled. The goats appear to have arrived in Tennessee in the early 1800s, courtesy of a reclusive and unnamed farm worker who was most likely from Nova Scotia. Before he left the area, he sold his goats to Dr. H.H. Mayberry, who bred them. In 1996, a herd of goats found their new home at Fearrington.

In 2015, another breed found its way to the Fearrington farm — black and white Columbian Wyandotte chickens! First exhibited in 1890 in Chicago, these rare, hearty birds are known for their good disposition in flocks. The Columbian Wyandotte is a medium sized bird with a white feather body and contrasting black and silver neck and tail plumage. Currently, there are less than four breeders in the country raising Columbian Wyandottes according to traditional standards, and most have less than 25 hens. Fearrington’s beloved chickens can be found pecking away near the Fearrington Barn in their coop. Providing eggs for The Fearrington House Restaurant’s seasonal menus and smiles for those who watch their antics are their only goal.

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Meet Our Belties

Meet the Team

Bob Strowd

Bob Strowd, Farm Manager

Bob is responsible for the daily care of the cattle, goats, chickens and donkeys at Fearrington Village. His farm tasks include feeding livestock, managing the breeding program, caring for their health (from birthing the calves to vet visits), and preparing the cattle for showing.