Maple Brae Timothy 2479
(Reprinted from North American Belted Galloway Show Program, November 18, 1998)
A Grand Old Manis honored today. Maple Brae Timothy celebrated his 13th birthday this month and is still in service, still moving out with the spring of youth. You’ve met his progeny in show rings all over the country. Now meet this fine bull in person –
Maple Brae Timothy was born November 9, 1985 at Maple Brae Farms, Copetown near Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. His sire was Mochrum Colum, imported from Flora Stuart’s famous Scottish herd. His dam was Maple Brae Ophelia of Green Arpents and Talwood stock. Timothy was a nice, well-marked bull calf with a weaning weight of 362 lbs. On July 12, 1986 he was sold to Gordon Green and has never looked back since.
Dick Butson, Maple Brae Farms, Hamilton, Ontario, CAN
It would be nice to claim that Timothy’s early fetchin’ up at Green Arpents is responsible for his pleasant disposition, much noted by subsequent owners. But while his youthful plunge cold-turkey into the bosom of a very large and demanding herd may have helped evolve in him a certain kindly, philosophical outlook on the world, the truth is that Timothy has developed true to type. Galloway bulls are supposed to be calm and gentle. It is good to note another defining characteristic of the breed has apparently been given a much needed boost by Timothy’s widespread progenating, and that is the shortlegged brawniness so critical to the breed’s niche as browsers of marginal and rough terrain.
Cheryl Johnstone-Green, Green Arpents Farm, Ormstown, Que., CAN
In early December, 1989 my good friend Waller Callison agreed to make the trip with me to Ormstown, Quebec to pick up our new bull. We left Staunton, VA at 3:30 in the morning and were on the road all of 30 minutes when it began to snow. After 18 hours of treacherous driving we arrived at Green Arpents in a full blizzard. Luckily, Waller carried a supply of bourbon (in the event an animal needed to be dosed for medical purposes!). That night’s libation, meal and sleep ranks among the best I’ve ever experienced. The next morning dawned cold but clear. We covered all gaps in the front and sides of the trailer with plywood, lined the floor with a serious amount of hay and at Gordon’s Timothy followed him onto the trailer with no incentive save a bit of feed in a bucket. That was my first exposure to Timothy’s gentlemanly ways, a characteristic he consistently passed on to his progeny. He was wonderfully productive during his four-year stay with us, and a significant part of him is still with us in the form of Ademia Mark, our current herd bull. Timothy is a true gentleman.
Howard Ellis,Ademia Farm, Richmond, VA
I first saw Maple Brae Timothy while he was out in the field shortly after Howard Ellis moved to Virginia. Being more familiar with the New England style bulls, I was not sure what to think of him. He was rather short and stocky. I did see several traits in him that I had always admired in Scottish type animals, mainly his extreme depth and excellent disposition. The following year while riding around in the Shenandoah Valley admiring some Angus cattle I happened to notice this overweight Beltie bull out among several large framed Angus — this at a time when frame 7-8 was all the rage with Angus breeders. I made arrangements to bring him to my side of the Blue Ridge Mountains and he did well for three breeding seasons, producing mainly heifers with a lot of depth. What they lacked in growth they made up for in disposition, conformation and markings.
Alan Bias, Pine Valley Farm, Lovingston, VA
Timothy was 10 when Alan Bias delivered him at midnight on a surprisingly balmy January evening. The bull seemed delighted to encounter two dozen girls anxious for his presence, and Alan explained that after he’d given Tim a grave promise that he was not going to the butcher’s, the bull entered the trailer willingly. Tim was a pleasure to have on the farm, not the biggest but definitely the ‘typey-est’ bull I’d met, producing lovely calves, and his docility was a bonus.
Jane Faul,Paradise Bottom Farm, Battletown, KY
My first experience with Belties was with this old gentleman. Not only was he beautiful, he was sweet natured and even cared for his offspring after they hit the ground. At 12 he could run and play and keep up with the youngsters. My farm is called ‘BB&B Maple Brae’ in honor of Timmy’s prestigious origin and the old man himself!
Donna Brooks Woolsey, BB&B Farm, Providence, KY
That grand ol’ boy, Maple Brae Timothy, came into my life last year. He arrived fit and proud. Timothy has produced some top show animals as well as current bulls of great popularity. It never ceases to amaze me when I spy him sleeping lazily under a big oak tree surrounded by all the current calves. Their moms are off happily grazing, aware that Timmy is the best “baby sitter” around. This year we had our first crop of Timothy babies, and have had some exceptional calves. I am so very proud of him, as he has managed to settle all 15 brood cows presented to him within 45 days. He is a wonder, and a dear, kind ‘Old Man’ who deserves to live out his golden years with a bevy of select beauties. At the grand age of 13 he deserves to be looked at as one the Belted Galloway’s grandest history makers. Let’s raise our glass to this fine old gentleman with class.
Genie Hart, Curtiswood Farm, Paris, KY