The Belted Galloway, or Belties as they are often called, is unrivaled as a grazing breed and utilizes coarse grasses and forages frequently shunned by other breeds. Their ability to produce a high quality beef product directly from grass has true economic value in that it is not necessary to feed grains to 'finish' them. A pastured Belted Galloway steer produces a nice 650-800 pound carcass in about 18 months for a feed cost savings of about $700 per animal. Now that's a profitable cattle business!!!
Belties are a maternal breed...
The cows are easy calvers, while the calves themselves are hardy, vigorous and have a 'will to live' that gets them up and nursing quickly. They are long-lived, with many cows producing regularly into their teens and beyond. This trait alone can determine much of the economics and efficiency of any cattle operation.
Due to the breed's naturally dense, insulating hair coat, Belties do not layer on excessive outside fat, which would only end up on the butcher's floor at slaughter time. Results of a multi-breed research project conducted by a Canadian Government Experiment Station reveal that the Belted Galloway ranks second only to the Buffalo in hair density tests. The robust, hardy nature of the breed has never been disputed. Though considered a breed perfect for the cold of northern climates, Belties have been found to acclimate amazingly well to warmer regions.
The claim that Galloway beef is juicy, tender, and flavorful is substantiated in recent USDA tests of Galloway crossbreds, when compared with eleven other breeds. Results of the Cycle IV Germ Plasm Evaluation (GPE) Program at the USDA Meat Animal Research Center (MARC), Clay Center, Nebraska, showed the Galloway crosses placing at the top of the chart for flavor, juiciness, and tenderness.
Today's Galloway breeder recognizes current beef industry trends, seeing the Belted Galloway's potential role in crossbreeding and composite breed programs. The American Galloway Breeders' Association, attuned to industry needs, offers an Appendix Registry system in addition to and kept separately from their purebred registry program. Both systems, as well as the EPD program, are computerized.
We anticipate having yearling calves (heifers and steers) available in both the fall and spring seasons annually. Call for availability and to plan for animal purchases. We currently have some excellent bull prospects as well.