On any given day driving through the bucolic village of Centreville, DE you may get a glimpse of something forever ingrained as a piece of home in a Centrevillian's minds. The "Oreo Cows".
The official name of these wonderous creatures is Belted Galloway Cows. Take a drive down Centre Meeting Road, Twaddell Mill Road or even Route 52 on a good day and you can see these massive beauties lazing in the grass or just enjoying their lives in Centreville. The Belted Galloway Cow is a beef cow originally raised in the 1600's in Scotland. At birth the bulls weigh about 70 lbs. with the heifers weighing in at about 10 lbs. less. Fully grown the ladies weigh about 1100-1300 lbs. with the fellas weighing in at a massive 1800-2000 lbs. Makes me feel svelte just thinking about them. This is a perfect Muse for me today as I have been thinking about my children (who are away at school) and driving this morning past the "Oreo's" reminded me of how, driving home the back roads in the car, we would always have our eyes peeled to the right to see if the cows were out in the field. We always delighted to see them and annoyed anyone behind us by slowing a bit to get a better look. This year there was a great crop of little ones. The heat has often brought them up right behind our park in Centreville to enjoy the shade in the afternoons. So if you too are looking for a little Muse, drive by and see if you can't become acquainted with our pals the "Oreo's"