NC ranch home to cookie-colored cows - - Jackson, MS

NC ranch home to cookie-colored cows

By Kristen Hampton - bio | email

GASTON COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - Just a few miles from the South Carolina state line, there's a low key cattle ranch a group of cookie-colored cows call home.

"People stop and look and take pictures of them," said Bill Craig, who raises the cows with his wife Wilma. It's hard to believe that raising cattle could be a traffic stopper.

The Belted Galloway's hail from Scotland and are marked with a white band in the middle of two solid black colors, closely resembling the ever popular cookie, the Oreo.

Bill and Wilma started rearing these gentle giants, known for their docile nature, way back in the 60s. The Craig's ranch is now home to nearly 60 of the cows, and the farming duo says their relationship is sort of rooted in cattle farming.

"I'd have a date on a Sunday night and she hadn't milked the cows yet, so I'd go and milk the cows so she could go on a date with me," Bill laughed.

Now married for more than 60 years, the 80s aged couple walks the pasture every morning and counts cows. If you're wondering what they do with the herds of rare breed beauties, they breed them and then sell them, all except for Spunky, who's been likened to a lap cow. Gentle enough to pet, but just a little too big to fit in the house.

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