Firefly Farms, 96 Button Road, North Stonington, CT 06359       

Email:    Phone: 860.917.7568

Our particular herd has come from many different herds throughout New England and Kentucky. In September 2013, True and Darling arrived from a farm in western Connecticut and quickly made friends with anyone who brought them apples. In January 2014, the Tilly Foster Farm herd arrived with lots of pregnant cows. The first calf to be born was a beautiful little girl Rosa. March 2014, brought another round of cows from western Connecticut complete with very handsome and recognizable Red Bull. The next installment came from Pennsylvania. We have gathered them by twos and threes plus one herd of about 48. We now have over 200 head with more being born.

Early on the calves born at Firefly were Rhubarb, Lina (Leenya), Emma, Scrumptious, Juno, Coco Chanel, and Chuck. One winter calf, Fortuna, even made Connecticut Channel 8 News as her mother was brought in just before winter storm Juno hit! We now have many births and are in a cycle of winter births with 25 either already born or anticipated.

Randall Linebacks are an incredibly rare heritage breed. They were a multipurpose animal used for dairy, meat, and as oxen. Once a familiar sight in New England, by 1985 only 15 Randalls remained. These were saved and carefully bred and nurtured by a small number of individuals, including the Randall family. Even today, the Livestock Conservancy lists them as critically endangered. That is why Firefly Farms' herd of 200+ is so important to the continued future of this American breed.

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* The name depends on with which registry the cattle are registered.

Randalls or Randall Linebacks*

As the only cows on the north side of the property, they are easily spotted. Then you will notice their beautiful blue, black, roan and red coloration with the classic white line of fur down their backs giving them the “lineback” in their names.