Ms. Bass determined that she wanted to be part of the conservation effort and that fit perfectly with what she was trying to accomplish with the restoration efforts at her Rock Cobble Farm.
Also around the same time, Phil and Dianne Lang, owners of Howland Homestead, located on Geer Mountain on the opposite side of South Kent from Rock Cobble Farm, also became interested in Randall cattle and located and purchased the three remaining animals outside of those owned by Ms. Creech.
Meanwhile, Ms. Creech was slowly making her way northward, having left the farm in Tennessee for a position as herdsman on a farm in northern Virginia. The move proved to be a bad choice for her and her small herd of Randalls and she was looking for a new place when she heard about a possible position on a farm in Connecticut.
Numerous letters and serious negotiations ensued before two very different women from different backgrounds- but with a similar dream- struck a deal. The Randalls were moved to South Kent to take up residence and populate the pastures once occupied by the hardy hill cattle of an earlier time; cattle from which the Randall is very likely closely descended.
"Randalls," according to Ms. Creech, "are a medium-size animal with curved horns and a distinctive black to bluish mottled coloring on a white background." The main characteristics of the breed are that "they are tough, resilient and have lost none of their 'cowness.'"
"An all-purpose animal, Randalls have two distinct types within the breed;" Ms Creech explained, "a lighter more refined 'dairy' type, somewhat similar in structure to a Jersey cow, and a squarer, more beefy, type that lends itself more to meat production, although both types can be used for either purpose.
"Randalls are not the big milk producers found on today's modern dairy farm here," she continued. "Cows like the Holstein have been bred for heavy milk production and can produce 80 to100 pounds of milk a day.