About Belted Galloway Cattle
Belted Galloway cattle originate from Galloway, Scotland and
are most recognizable by their hairy coats with a white belt that completely
circles their bodies across their mid sections. They are nicknamed “Oreo Cows”,
“Panda Cows” or “Belties.” They are primarily black and white, but dun and red
belted Galloways are also recognized by breed societies.
Belted Galloways are a heritage breed of cattle and date
back to the early 1800's. The exact origin of the white belt across their belly
is unknown, but it is thought to have come from cross breeding with Dutch
Belted Galloways are raised for their high quality beef that
typically has a marbled appearance. This means that it contains various amounts
of intramuscular fat within the lean meat. Marbling is achieved by selective
breeding and is also influenced by feed. They are known for grazing land that
has coarse grasses that other breeds will not eat and are able to produce
high-quality beef on an all grass diet, making them very adaptable to even the
poorest pasture regions. You will find that Galloways are raised in areas
similar to their native Scotland climates like Pacific coastal areas.
Galloways are naturally polled /do not have horns. They have
quiet temperaments, but the females are still protective of their calves and
will protect them against any threats. There were formerly on the Conservancy
“watch list” but are now categorized as a “recovering breed”.Nearly 19,000 registered Belted Galloways
were in the United States in 2015.
Belted Galloway Cattle Associations