We will have a herd of 15 Belties, Sears said. We started out with five and just purchasedat auctionthe 2002 national champion female. Were also hosting a visiting Maine bull who is currently servicing the cows. Belties are very cold hardy; they dont need much shelter although we do provide them with it.
According to the BGS, Beltie bulls weigh from 1,700 to 2,300 pounds with the average being 1,800 pounds. Cows weigh from 1,000 to 1,500 pounds with the average being 1,250 pounds. Calves generally weight from 70 to 80 pounds. Belties are generally very docile, but still maintain a strong maternal instinct and will protect a calf against predators.
Belties are considered a fine grazing breed; they like coarse grasses other breeds avoid. Beltie Beef is lean, tender, and just about as tasty as an Angus steak. At Brooskide, cattle will be used for breeding but some culled cows will find their ways to the tables of Addison County diners.
The arrival of the Belties marks a significant moment at Brookside. There are several big projects for the inn and adjoining stock farm now underway.
Theres so much history here, said Sears.