Small and very fine, that’s just as she wants to keep her flock Galloways. Judith Reinhard is convinced of the species-appropriate and natural rearing of cattle. She feeds added only in lean times some hay and straw, but otherwise the purebred south scots pluck their food by themselves. They are totally self-sufficient. Day and night, summer and winter, her 32nd animals are in the meadows in front of her house. From her living room window Judith Reinhard looks at a small suckler cow herd. Still quite young animals, a few cuddling calfs, their mother cows and an imposing bull. She has even a second bull. His name is Bulli. She has just borrowed him to another breeder: “Bulli is such an amazing animal, he is very close to my heart. Killing is not an option.” On the pasture next, there lives a cow with her calf alone. The calf has been born blind, but that’s no reason for the former fashion journalist to charge it off, of course not: “On this terrain it’s all manageable, here there the little blind bull can handle his sur- rounding and continue to grow in peace.” The cow gave already birth to five healthy calves, only this one can not see. Just behind the two, separated only by a fairly narrow stream of the “Wümme”, there are two more meadows. One is occupied by a few older cows and their calves; the other one with a few oxen. “The Oxen gave especially good meat, very tender, but they grow more slowly than any other gallo- way,” says Judith Reinhard. It’s a hot day, 34 degrees in the shade. Certainly the shaggy animals would like to cool down in the Wümme, but this is not allowed, for nature conservation reasons.
Water for drinking is always available for the animals. Each pasture is equipped with its own water supply. Once a day, Judith Reinhard expires every meadow. She visited her animals and checked whether everything is in order: “That is also important, so they’re keeping to get used again and again to me. Otherwise they would run wild quickly. “But so they are easy to handle. The only downer for the thick thick skinned cattle, it is sometimes just too hot in Germany. The Galloways are originally from southern Scotland. There the temperature runs up to 20 degrees maximum, that’s it.
Mid-80s, when the structural change was already well on it’s way, and many small farms were up for sale, many academics take the chance to the country. It had become chic. Doctors and architects, lawyers, journalists and advertisers, who held on to their own bred steak behind the house. The Galloways became fashionable. They were downright awesome for part-time farmers, the so called Moonlight farmers: naturally hornless the cool Scots are also extremely frugal and they put a lot of meat on. The fuzzy animals were imported to Germany suddenly: in all black the favourite blacks, the white with black fuzzy ears, belted in black with a white cummerbund, dun in dingy gray-brown tint, or very rarely in rigget, a special black and white mixture. In Scotland, the animals were predominantly used for the pasture care. Galloways muffle cheerfully what the pasture presents: rushes, couch grass, pastures, just everything. They are brilliant in that and used in Scotland for the task to prepare the fields for the significantly picky sheeps. Sheeps are more valuable than the cattle. So frugal and easy the Galloways became simply the ingenious breeding stock for the entire German newcomer farmers.
Sources: Recherche at the farm directly, „Das andere Kuhbuch“ german book of the veterinary Michael Brackmann, net