For most of its history, Southborough has been an agricultural community. The remnants of stone walls representing the division of fields can be seen throughout the Town. In 1727, the year of Southborough’s incorporation, the community was populated by farmers, their families, and their livestock.

Watching the Belted Galloway cattle grazing on the hills of the Breakneck Hill Conservation Land is a wonderful reminder of Southborough’s early history. In fact, through most of the 18th century the Breakneck Hill area was referred to as the Cow Commons.


Now, the Breakneck Hill Conservation Land is a great place for hiking, bird watching, and cow admiring. Many people know and enjoy the Belties, especially children from our town and from neighboring communities. Not only are the cows visually appealing, but they play a vital role in keeping down the growth of grass, bittersweet, and poison ivy within the pastures.

The Breakneck Hill Cow Fund was established in June 2002 to help ensure that the Belted Galloway cattle remain in Southborough. We are a non-profit 501(c)3 group registered in Massachusetts, and all donations are tax deductible. The Breakneck Hill Cow Fund owns the herd and is committed to providing hay for the approximately 15 Belted Galloway cattle. The Cow Fund raises funds through our town-wide mailings, sales of t-shirts, and our Adopt a Cow program. Volunteers help maintain the cow field and unload hundreds of bales of hay several times each winter.

With the passing of Ray Davis, the farmer who brought the cows to the neighborhood, your support is more important than ever. We are looking to you to help us buy hay, and maybe even unload some. Please help keep the cows grazing!! Thank you!

For more information call Laurie Bourdon @ 508-624-9562. If you have questions or problems with this web site, contact “webmaster @ southborobelties.org”.

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