COA adds 4 cows to help reinvigorate Peggy Rockefeller Farms

College of the Atlantic News

The cows come home;Belted Galloways will improve pasture, enhance COA’s ‘foodprint,’ provide agricultural training

BAR HARBOR, MAINE — Cows are back at Peggy Rockefeller Farms!

For College of the Atlantic, four new Belted Galloways at Peggy Rockefeller Farms will improve pasture land, enhance the college’s “foodprint” and provide educational opportunities in sustainable agriculture for COA students and the Mount Desert Island community.

Purchased from a local farm world-renowned for its breeding, the arrival of the cows on Nov. 20 capped an intensive effort to return cattle to a pasture where dairy operations were active from the late 1800s until about World War I.

“They’re very aesthetically pleasing,” Peggy Rockefeller Farms Manager C.J. Walke said. “People call them the Oreo Cow. We expect people will want to come by and see them.”

In addition to being pretty, “Belties” are also extremely hardy, Walke said. “They can survive the winters here…

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