Belted Galloways are a heritage breed of cattle originating from Scotland. They make fantastic pets or house cows as well as being bred for both beef and milk. Owning both average house style cows and breeding for pedigree I have found there is a lot more to the purchasing than just the price.

The unique appearance of Belted Galloway cattle inspires many questions about their origins. With black, red or dun color sandwiched about a white middle, they are familiarly known as ‘Belties’ among breeders of the animals. Though references to ‘sheeted’ cattle occur in literature and art as early as the 11th Century, the Belted Galloway’s first recorded history indicates that they developed during the 16th Century in the former Galloway district of Scotland.

The Galloway breed of cattle became important during the Scoto-Saxon period, and the breeders of Galloway enjoyed the export of cheese and hides. Later the cattle were sold in considerable numbers to English farmers who sent them to Smithfield market after a fattening period on English grass. It is said that the Galloway breed was never crossed with the other breeds. It is not known where the polled character was acquired by the Galloway breed because in its beginning many of the cattle were horned. However, many writers during the last part of the 1700’s and early 1800’s mentioned polled Galloway cattle, and the breeders decided they liked the polled characteristic and started selecting their cattle for the character. Most of the early cattle in the Galloway district were black, but red, brown, brindles, and cattle with white markings were not uncommon.

Characteristics Of A Belted Galloway

The Belted Galloway is a very distinctive breed with its characteristic white belt which encircles the body, the rest of the body being black, dun or red in colour. The distinctive white belt found in Belted Galloways often varies somewhat in width and regularity but usually covers most of the body from the shoulders to the hooks. The white contrast to the black coat, which may have a brownish tinge in the summer, sets the breed apart with its striking colour pattern.

They are naturally polled hill cattle are eminently suited for converting rough grazing into lean meat. Their double coat of long hair, to shed the rain, and soft undercoat, for warmth, eliminates the need for expensive housing.

The cows are long living (17-20 years), regular breeders noted for the amount of rich milk they produce, therefore rearing a good calf. They can be used to breed a good Blue Grey by putting them to a Whitebred Shorthorn. These Blue Greys and the pure bred cows cross well with Continental sires, such as Charolais, Simmental, Limousin and Salers.

What Dictates The Price Of Cattle?

Cattle prices vary from region to region and based on age, weight at sale, breed, and whether they are beef cattle or dairy cattle. The cost of preparing an animal for sale also comes into the mix. At a sale yard, you can expect to be involved in an auction-based on weight. Bidding will seem very cheap initially but don’t get to carried away with the process. When the animal goes over the scales the price is then calculated by multiplying the final bid price per kilogram in Australia and per hundredweight in the United States of America by the actual weight of the animal. So it can become quite expensive if you have just bid $3.30 per kilogram for a 1000kg animal. Always be aware of the approximate weight of the intended purchase and do some mental arithmetic to be sure you stay within your budget.

How Much Is A Belted Galloway Calf?

Price depends on the age and quality of the animal and ranges from $500 to $1400. Discounts available for purchase of 4 or more. Belted Galloway cattle are hardy, cold-tolerant, docile, beautiful, and great-tasting cattle.

Can You Milk A Belted Galloway?

The Belted Galloway is a very distinctive breed with its characteristic white belt which encircles the body, the rest of the body being black, dun or red in colour. The cows are long living (17-20 years), regular breeders noted for the amount of rich milk they produce, therefore rearing a good calf.

Beef from Belted Galloways is low in saturated fat and well-marbled, making for excellent meat-eating quality. Marbling, the presence of thin threads of fat throughout the meat, is believed to greatly enhance flavour and tenderness.

Likewise, how much is a full grown cow cost? A bred heifer would cost about $1,300 to purchase. Full-grown cows can cost as much as $4,000 to $5,000 per cow. A full-grown cow can weigh as much as 2,200 pounds and go for as much as $1.85 cwt.

What Are Belted Galloways Used For?

Belted Galloways are primarily raised for their quality marbled beef, although they are sometimes milked or kept for ornament.

Are Belted Galloways Good Pets?

Though the breed is not well-suited to feedlots, they are ideal animals for the small family farm and the lifestyle of country living. The breed’s moderate size, docile temperament, easy calving and good mothering are characteristics they value.

What Are The Black Cows With The White Stripe?

The Dutch Belted is a dairy cattle breed named for its country of origin and its striking color pattern: black with a bright white belt around its middle. In the Netherlands, it is also known as the Lakenvelder. The term laken means a sheet or blanket around the body.

How Big Do Mini Belted Galloways Get?

Mini Belted Galloway Belted Galloway cattle (mini Belties) are black, dun, or red with a distinctive white belt around their middle. Jody Richards says they are easy keepers. Mature cows average about 44 inches and weigh about 700 pounds.

How Long Do Miniature Galloways Live?

Belties have a reputation for longevity – many live until 17 to 20 years of age. The Belties heavy, double hair coat means that heat loss is reduced, winter feed costs are significantly less and rain hardly penetrates in cold, wet weather.

How Much Is A Belted Galloway?

 Price depends on the age and quality of the animal and ranges from $500 to $1400. Discounts available for purchase of 4 or more. Belted Galloway cattle are hardy, cold-tolerant, docile, beautiful, and great-tasting cattle.

Can You Milk Belted Galloways?

Galloways are an ancient breed. They are hardy, polled and long haired and have been a beef breed and milking breed. They have doubled haired coats which makes them warmer, so they are leaner as they don’t need the fat to keep them warm.

Are Belted Galloways Miniature?

We raise Miniature Registered Belted Galloways. We have embraced the heritage lines of the original belted Galloway breed and over time bred them down to a more sustainable size for small farms. Miniature Registered Belted Galloways have seen significant growth in their numbers and demand in the past 10 years.

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