Belted Galloway Beef

The Belted Galloway has no horns, and the distinctive “belt” markings are dominant.

They have a fantastic winter coat, which is comprised of a double layer of hair that gives excellent insulation from the cold. There is a long overcoat which readily sheds the rain and snow and helps keep the animal dry, and a very soft, thick undercoat which holds the warmth. This thick coat means that Belties do not have the typical thick fat rind under the skin that most beef breed possess to insulated and keep them warm in our extreme cold winters. This makes for lean meat (under 2% fat) and any fat is marbled through the meat, making for a tastier, juicer, more flavourful beef.

In hot weather, the coat is shed to a fine, smooth covering of hair. These cattle come from hardy stock that from early times were forced to graze and survive in some of the roughest terrain and elements of Scotland. 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.

Tests have shown that the Galloway requires the least amount of feed per kilogram of weight gain making the cattle efficient converters. Belted Galloways consume more varieties of flora than any other breed on tests conducted in Germany.   They have strong herd and mothering instincts, and deliver their calves easily, but what about their meat?

Belted Galloway Meat Characteristics

Carcass comparisons made between a half-dozen purebred Belties and an equal number of commercial cattle placed Belted Galloway beef low in saturated fat content as well as total fat average, and indicated high ratios of Omega 6 to Omega 3--the beneficial lineolic and linolenic acids. In fact, the Linoleic fatty acid (Omega 6):omega 3 ratio of their beef is one of the most healthy at 3:1, making it comparable to fish or chicken in a healthy diet.

Galloways ranked first in taste among other beef cattle breeds in USDA study! They have also shown 30% Less Cholesterol, 8% Less Saturated Fat, and 17% Less Total Fat!!

Galloway Beef Comparison Chart

  Galloway Steak Other Steak Roast Chicken Pork Loin Salmon Fillet
Fat 2.71 4.79 2.67 5.83 6.75
Saturates 1.25 1.86 0.67 2.00 1.50
Polyunsaturates 0.28 0.16 0.67 0.58 1.83
Cholesterol .0.046 0.047 0.070 0.060 0.050

grams/100 grams of raw meat
*Source: Canadian Nutrient File, Health & Welfare Canada 1991

Many Belted Galloway breeders have waiting lists for their freezer beef.