Long Grey Line Farm LLC
The Long Grey Line Farm began operation in Huntsville, Alabama early in 1976. Begun as an American Saddlebred 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. The Belted Galloway herd increased and as time went on, Martha realized that she needed to settle for smaller challenges and the horses were replaced with Dairy Goats and then Meat Goats. Today, the farm, relocated to North Central Florida, is becoming known for Belted Galloway beef cattle, Sawyer Spanish and Savanna Composite Meat Goats.
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. The Long Grey Line Farm bred American Saddlebred Show and Sport horses and American Warmblood Sport Horses for 40 years.
READY or COMING SO0N! Status updated as of December 18, 2018.
Welsh Sheepdog Puppies - We imported our first Welsh Sheepdogs from Wales in 2010. Bryn has turned out to be a wonderful herding dog, as well as a family friend and protector. Welsh Sheepdogs will listen to voice and hand signals and call off of any command with a simple "NO!" 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. We imported another pair in 2017. Both Bryn and the new female have been approved and licensed by the Welsh Sheepdog Society, which requires the dogs to show their natural herding instinct and ability. They are the first Welsh Sheepdogs to be approved for license in the United States. Our dogs are from working stock in Wales and they are working here in the United States. They herd goats, cattle and all kinds of poultry. They will go out in a field and locate hidden stock and bring it in regardless of the weather or time of day or night. They just need a little maturity and training. If you have livestock, you need a Welsh Sheepdog! We bred our female, Target, to Bryn and the puppies have arrived - three males and two females. Puppies sell for $500 at eight weeks, which is an exceptional bargain. Puppies that have been taken to the pastures with the livestock, ridden in the ATV and accustomed to the herding routines are Private Treaty which includes board and training. Contact Martha if you wish to reserve a puppy.
SPECIAL SALE - 8 DOES BRED TO OUR SAVANNA BUCKS. DOES ARE KIKO/BOER/ALPINE CROSS. KIDS ARE ALMOST ALWAYS WHITE. PRICE $3OO-400 EACH - DISCOUNT 10% IF ALL PURCHASED.
These pictures show a few of the does for sale.
Meat Goats For Sale - Young meat goats are usually for sale. They range in size from 45 to 60 pounds. They are priced at $150-$200 each. A small one is priced for less. If you want them slaughtered and left as half or quarters or as custom cut, you must order and pay for them at least 10 days before pick up. They will be frozen and usually shrink wrap packaging. If arrangements are made to schedule, fresh unfrozen meat can be supplied. Prices are whatever the current abattoir charges, currently $45 if quartered +$o.74/lb. hanging weight for custom mixed cut and shrink wrapped. This plant is USDA inspected facility. If USDA meat inspection is desired, the charge will be higher and special arrangements will have to be made for me to transport to Ocala.
The pictures are of our two breeding Savanna bucks. They were only two years old!
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 currently feed only round bales of hay that we grow and bale and a little feed at night to keep the cows friendly and happy. We do not use any antibiotics or steroids on our cattle and the fields have had no insecticide, pesticide or herbicide on them for 29 years. The beef is lean and flavorful. Price for a side or quarter is $5.00/pound hanging weight. A quarter is 100 pounds or a little less. Packaged weight is approximately double the price. This price is just about equal to Walmart or Publix Angus Grass Fed prices. We will continue to pursue a most healthful route in raising our animals. We do not use chemical fertilizer on the fields, only manure from our animals. We do not feed antibiotics or hormones and no pesticides, herbicides or defoliants are used on the fields. Learning what grasses will grow in North Central Florida sand has been a real challenge, but we seem to have met the challenge. Grass is growing! We use five Pyrenees and one Maremma livestock guardian dogs to keep our herd of cattle and goats safe from predators and intruders.
Sherman and his herd of Sawyer Spanish goats.
BABY GOATS FOR SALE - Baby goats arrive in clusters throughout the year. They are sired by our Savanna bucks out of dams who are cross bred Savannah, Spanish, Kiko, Boer with some Alpine or Sannen added to produce more milk. They are referred to as Savanna Composite goats.
I will have a few doelings for sale this year. We run about 75-80 does in our herds so we usually have some does for sale.
We added goats as we decreased the American Saddlebred herd. We will maintain a commercial herd of crossbreds. I will register a small number of Savanna and a few pure Spanish with Pedigree International and the Spanish Registry. The Sawyer Spanish goats will be kept pure.
The reason that I have added Spanish and Savanna (also called White Goats in South Africa) bucks to our herd is that the breeds are hardy and less susceptible to internal parasites and disease than the Boer goats. I have does, who are Boer crosses, but no purebred Boers in the herd. The Savanna is a native of South Africa and the Kiko is a native of New Zealand. The Kiko herd has been sold because they did not thrive, so there are no purebred Kiko goats on the farm. I added Spanish does and a Spanish buck from Smoke Ridge Ranch in Montana. The buck is still young, so the does are being bred to the Savanna bucks at this time. Those kids are very fast growing.
I recently added Sawyer Spanish goats from West Texas. Our herd of eighteen two year old does and a buck of Neely Sawyer Spanish Meat Goats is the first herd to be brought to Florida. These goats have been bred by the Sawyer family in Texas for 100 years. Preston and Sarah Sawyer Neely have improved the genetics for the past 21 years. They are a very meaty goat, long bodied, thick with a broad chest and rump....definitely a meat goat! They will add even more vigor, parasite resistance, rapid growth and size. The does were bred before being shipped to Florida and should kid in early Spring 2019. I plan to keep the does to increase my herd, but the bucks will be sold. If you are looking for an improvement herd sire, the Sawyer Spanish is the best one to consider. For information or a reservation for a buck, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Neely Sawyer Spanish Buck @ 10 months - Feed lot tested for rapid gain of up to .7 pounds per day.
The goats are clearing out an area of brush since goats are more of a browse than grazing animal. I continue to plant browse and new varieties of forage each season. They also love other nuts and fruit, so I plant them outside the fence so that the products will fall in the pasture but the young trees are safe from the hungry goats. The fields are improving with our new rotation system. Our goats are fed a very small amount of pellets (less than one half pound per goat) plus round bales of hay that are harvested from our land. We use no herbicides, pesticides, or defoliants on our land and the animals receive no routine antibiotics or hormones. HEALTHY MEAT FROM HEALTHY CHEMICAL FREE PASTURES! We rotate pastures to help combat parasites. We use one Maremma and five Pyrenees Livestock Guardian Dogs who live with the herds to protect them from predators and intruders. We will breed the female Pyrenees in 2019. If you are interested in acquiring a Livestock Guardian Dog, contact email@example.com
Goat meat has less cholesterol than chicken. 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 or ground meat is excellent seasoned with Sweet Curry, which is mild, not hot like regular Curry, and served over rice. Our goats are processed at a USDA inspected facility just like the beef or pork. Ground or pieces are usually in one pound packages but can be packaged as desired and sold as the whole goat. The meat can be custom cut if you desire specific cuts. All processing is done by special order. Sorry, but I can't sell individual pieces unless it is processed with a USDA meat inspector with a USDA label on the package. That facility is 50+ miles from the farm, which incurs an additional charge.
Buckling goats are available after weaning for a minimum of $150. These goats are 45-55 pound live weight. Larger meat goats are priced at time of sale, according to their live weight, but are a minimum of $200.
The South African Savanna goats have been in the US since the 1990s. They are all white, some with dark freckles, and sometimes have a brown head like a Boer. The Savanna is 40+ years of improvement of Boer Goat breeding. I am impressed with their size and muscling. The Savanna/Spanish cross is outstanding, but any Savanna cross is an excellent improvement goat. Our Savanna herd originated from Dale Coody's herd in Oklahoma, more recently Mincey Savanna bloodlines has been added.
We retained a son of our original Coody buck, who is now three years old. We kept many of his does. We added a Mincey line Savanna buck in 2017. Our new Spanish bucks along with the Savanna bucks should greatly improve the genetics of the herd in the future. The addition of the Neely Sawyer line of Spanish should make our meat goat herd of exceptional quality. The Sawyer Spanish does will never be crossed on the Savanna bucks. That line will be kept pure. The Composite Spanish does are bred to the Savanna bucks. The kids are exceptional and would be a grand start for your meat goat herd.
The New Zealand Kiko lines, found in some of the producing does, are from Terminator and Lover Boy, excellent blood and black as a bonus. The Spanish are from Smoke Ridge Farm in Montana and Sawyer Ranch in West Texas, raised on open range. In 2017, we added a registered Savanna buck and a pure Spanish buck plus several does in each breed. Now in 2018, we have added the Sawyer Spanish herd. I think that our stock should improve greatly in the next breeding seasons. We currently keep about 75-80 does and most are bred. The first kids have arrived and they are very impressive - lots of structure, substance and size. Prices will range from $150-$450, according to age, sex, size and quality. Because of our diversified bloodlines, we sometimes produce colorful spots, grays and blacks. If you have a special desire for color, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Savanna Composite doe at 3 months
Savanna Composite Buck at 6 weeks
Savanna Composite Buck at 6 weeks
Welsh Sheepdog Puppies - We imported our first Welsh Sheepdogs from Wales in 2010.
Target, Bryn & Kids
We imported another pair in 2017. Both Bryn and the new female, Target, have been approved and licensed by the Welsh Sheepdog Society, which requires the dogs to show their natural herding instinct and ability. Our dogs are from working stock in Wales and they are working here in the United States. They herd goats, cattle and all kinds of poultry. They will go out in a field and locate hidden stock and bring it in regardless of the weather or time of day or night. They just need some maturity and consistent work. If you have livestock, you need a Welsh Sheepdog! We have bred Target to Bryn and the puppies have arrived - three males and two females. Puppies sell for $500 after eight weeks, which is an exceptional bargain. Puppies that have been taken to the pastures with the livestock, ridden in the ATV and accustomed to the herding routines are Private Treaty. Contact Martha if you wish to reserve a puppy.
Welsh Sheepdog puppies at 18 days
Bryn, the male Welsh Sheepdog, 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 finds the newborn kids who are hidden in the brush, 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! Bryn always checks the fields and when he doesn't come in or barks, we know to go out to check. I cannot say enough good about the Welsh Sheepdogs. They are also great Versatility and Frisbee dogs for those who don't have animals to gather. Bryn has proved his value lately. I sustained a severely fractured heel in April 2018. I was in a cast and couldn't go to the barn for four months, so my husband and a friend had to do all of the chores. Bryn proved his worth by working for them in my absence. Below is a photo taken in August 2018, when I could finally drive the ATV to check the fences. Bryn was about to jump to go gather some goats. This was taken when we passed a game camera.
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. Wanu died in late 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 $1000, but occasionally are priced for less. We prefer not to 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. Gainesville, FL is our nearest airport, only an hour away. We are always happier to have the puppies picked up at the farm. We have bred Rhodesian Ridgebacks for more than 42 years. The first three 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.
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, has been a valuable mix in our 40 + year history of breeding Ridgebacks. We have retained another female from the Ella/Sunnie line, named Lena, who will be bred to Justa. We have decided to keep an Ella/Sunnie son, My Thabo Tsu, to be used as a future sire. A non-refundable, but transferable, deposit of $100 will be required at time of notification of the puppies birth. Repeat buyers will have preference. Remaining money ($900) owed will be paid in cash at time of pick-up at eight weeks of age, and will include the first immunization, wormings, coccidia preventative and a health certificate by a veterinarian.
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Gypsy and Zoe, guardians, and Joey Lee's Embra
LaTarga comforts Bill's mother
Andi's herd playing in a New Orleans park Faith and her new friend, Logan
Ridgeback Desert Hunters What a comfy seat!
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/Florida 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 Dairy cows. 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 and is approximately 47 inches at the hip. The cows are about 800 pounds and produce well into their teens. We had a 23 year old cow who had a heifer in 2015. Regrettably, she died in 2016 after our move to Florida. 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 pellets once a day, mainly to establish a routine for recovery in case they get out of the field. Shake a bucket with a little feed 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. In 2017, we planted browse for the goats and cattle. Hopefully it will increase the available forage in this Florida sand. We know what our Belties eat 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. I use a little coconut oil to cook it, which adds to the healthy characteristics. 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. An exceptional bull calf was born in early May. He has the size, substance and conformation to become an outstanding herd sire. Price after weaning is $800-$1200, determined by age.
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. 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. We currently have no heifers for sale. We down-sized our herd drastically before our move to Florida and now we are rebuilding the herd.
BELTIES FOR SALE
Some are registered or are eligible to register with Pedigree International Belted Galloway Registry. 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. I love our country and this move is both expensive and lacking in patriotic spirit. Pedigree International has started a herd book in the United States. I plan to bring our paperwork up to date and register the stock. 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.
Introducing our farm hands:
Tan & Bryn, imported Welsh Sheep Dogs
Ella, Rhodesian Ridgeback
Five Great Pyrenees and one Maremma to guard the goats
Milt with new Pyrenees Livestock Guardians, Bubba and Sissy
Tan, the Welsh Sheepdog
Tan, Bryn and Ella, enjoying the snow Griz, a McNab Sweetie, Rhodesian Ridgeback
Griz, a McNab Stock Dog, was added to help Martha with the cattle, pigs and geese in 2009. He proved to be a header, not a driver or gatherer. Griz died in 2015. 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 in 2010. They are remarkable dogs, exceptionally intelligent and born with so much natural herding instinct! We use them as working 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) around 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. Ours are the first to be approved for licensing in the United States. 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 goat 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! Tan works the birds. Bryn herds the goats and checks the cattle. Each dog has a job. We imported another pair of Welsh Sheep Dogs in 2017 and expect them to grow into wonderful herding dogs in the future. 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 Livestock Guardian Dogs (since I have met two Bob Cats and have heard Coyotes on the farm), so the natural choice was Great Pyrenees. The puppies were raised in the barn with the goats and were never allowed to come to the house. They are on guard 24/7. Biscuit and Honey are big and beautiful from working guardian parents. They guard the Belted Galloway beef herd. Sherman is dedicated to the Neely Sawyer Spanish. Bubba guards the Buck pen and Sissy guards the Does and nursing kids. They have kept the Coyotes, Red Fox and Bob Cats away. We seem to have them all living on our new farm in Florida. We have now been introduced to a new guardian dog breed, the Maremma. They originate from the mountains in Northern Italy. We have a male from Tennessee. He lives with the big goat herd. Pyrenees puppies are sometimes available. Price is $300. Contact email@example.com
Vinnie, the Maremma, guards the goats Sherman, the Pyrenees, guards the Sawyer Spanish herd
Biscuit and Honey Biscuit, Griz, and Bryn
Honey, Jam (Half Irish Wolf Hound), and Biscuit
Grown Up Livestock Guardians
Martha Aitken became a Certified Breed Judge for The American Warmblood Registry and American Sport Pony Registry in June 1998, 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 in 2009 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 2012 so that she can devote more time to writing and farm management. As the horses were sold, goats were added and were moved to the new Florida farm in late 2016.
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 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 were 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 2019. If you are interested in procuring a copy, autographed, of course, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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