Our Belted Barnyard

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Our farm is filled with our beloved striped mascots — Belted Galloway Cows, Tennessee Fainting Goats and Lankenvelder Chickens.

Most notable are our 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 the early 1980s, R.B. Fitch brought a herd of six Belties from Virginia to Fearrington. There are now over thirty Belties grazing our rolling pastures. The Belties’ sole purpose is to greet village guests and coax a smile or two.

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 it’s way to the Fearrington farm — black and white chickens! The 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.

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 healthy.

The Donkeys

We can’t forget our donkeys — Mary Alice, Jasper and Charlotte!

The donkeys live in the pastures at Fearrington alongside the Belted Galloway cows, Tennessee Fainting goats and Lankenvelder chickens. Farmer Bob Strowd keeps the donkeys on a strict diet of grass, hay and grains. Their role at Fearrington, in addition to greeting visitors, is to help protect our precious cattle from predators.

Meet the Team

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.