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Belted Galloway cattle make way to APSU

Ordinarily, gifts and donations to Austin Peay State University are made through cash or established as a fund or scholarship. Plus, such financial gifts pay dividends to the University.

But Austin Peay State University last week received a rare gift. It's one that already is paying a dividend — but not in the form of cash.

J & N Enterprises Inc., a family-based farm in Montgomery County, presented 16 Belted Galloway cattle to the APSU School of Agriculture and Geosciences. One of the cows then produced a calf, for a total of 17 cattle.

Two of the business owners — Marshall Ross, who earned a bachelor's degree in secondary education from APSU in 1964 and his young granddaughter, Skylar Baggett, a first-grade student at Woodlawn Elementary School, donated the cattle.

“I have a lot of cattle and needed to reduce the herd, and APSU was one group I could give some cattle to for the ag department,” Ross said. “I went to see Mr. (President Tim) Hall, and he said yes.”

Dr. Donald Sudbrink, assistant professor of agriculture and coordinator of the Environmental Education Center, said students in the preveterinary medicine and animal science programs will work with the cattle to study animal health, genetics and reproduction.

“The cattle will be a working herd for our teaching purposes,” he said.
The University will place a sign on Peterson Lane telling the history of the Belted Galloway and provide an opportunity for people to see the unique breed.

The Belted Galloway, known as “belties” and identified by a broad white belt that completely encircles the body through the midsection, is a rare beef breed of cattle originating from Galloway in southwest Scotland. As a beef animal, the Belted Galloway produces exceptionally lean and flavorful meat, according to the U.S. Belted Galloway Society Web site.

For more information, contact the APSU School of Agriculture and Geosciences by telephone at (931) 221-7454. -- Melony Shemberger