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John and Ruth Baxter live at North Glen Farm, Langbank, Renfrewshire (Port Glasgow, U.K.). They own two Beardies: Lassie (Ruth's Beardie) and Badger.

At the time of a telephone interview with Mr. Baxter on July 23, 2009, he indicated they had 600 head of cattle and 150 ewes. The sheep were the Lleyn breed kept primarily to eat grass.

Their cattle ranged in age from six months to eighteen months. Once their cattle reach the age of two, they are sent to an abbatoir (slaughterhouse).

Thanks goes to Gordon Moir and Rodney Snook for the below images of the Baxters' Beardies taken at a shepherds' meet in May, 2007. The Baxters set aside a 13-acre field with a flock of sheep in order that individuals in attendance could demonstrate their Beardies' abilities on stock.



Condie, Mike


Isted, Peter

Morland, Ronnie

Muirhead, Tommy

Norman, Jack

Paul and Carol

Pringle, Drew

Pringle, Janet

Reid, Kit





Badger working Holstein-Friesian cattle. Badger was approximately twelve months of age when this image was taken in May 2007.


Another Image of Badger working the cattle.




Badger with Lassie in the background (far left). The black Beardie in the background was Molly, Lassie's dam.





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