MEET THE BOARD
Jon Fowler, Comlumbus, IN
Beechwood Farms is in Columbus, Indiana, located thirty minutes south of
Indianapolis. Beechwood Heritage Farms, LLC, known simply as Beechwood
Farms is the farm name of the cattle operation owned by Jon Fowler. The
cattle are situated on the family homestead consisting of approximately
Having been raised on this small family farm, Jon developed a strong
interest in animals. On the farm, Jon was involved in the daily care of
the livestock, particularly the cattle. The family originally had a
commercial grade Angus herd and later raised registered Red Angus.
Jon studied animal science at Purdue University and in his early career
worked in the meat industry as a livestock buyer for an Indiana-based
meat processing company. After beginning a career, away from the farm,
Jon was less involved in the family farm.
Jon first learned of the Belted Galloway breed through correspondence
with The Livestock Conservancy. At that time, in the early ‘90s,
breeding stock was virtually unavailable. It was some ten years later
that he happened upon one of the largest National Belted Galloway Shows
held at the North American Livestock Exhibition in Louisville, Kentucky.
At this show, he met and talked with several Belted Galloway breeders.
That winter, Jon traveled to Somerset, Pennsylvania to purchase his
foundation Beltie heifers from former Belted Galloway Society president,
Marlin Sherbine of Highland Farm.
Jon currently maintains a small herd of registered Belted Galloway
cattle. The herd consists of black, red, and dun Belted Galloway and
Beltie crosses from some of the top Belted Galloway genetics available.
Although Jon has not been personally active in the regional and national
shows, his Beechwood Farms stock has been very successful in the Belted
Galloway show circuit.