Why raise Galloways?

There are many advantages to inherent with Galloway cattle

Close-Up Shot of a Galloway Cow

Why raise Galloways?

HARDY: 

Galloways are a very hardy breed of cattle ideally suited to harsh weather and difficult terrain. Galloway Beef cattle are ideally suited to outdoor living, both summer and winter. 

EASY CALVING & LONG LIFE: 

Studies at the USDA Meat Animal Research Center, (MARC), Clay Center, Nebraska found Galloways had the highest weaning percentage of US beef breeds and among the highest percentage of unassisted births. Also, Galloway cows are known to produce for more than 20 years. 

Australian Department of Agriculture studies confirm Galloway calving ease found by MARC. 

ANCIENT INSTINCTS: 

Galloway cows have strong maternal instincts, are very protective and produce a good milk supply for their calves. 

MARC found Galloways had the highest weaning percentage of US beef breeds 

Australian Department of Agriculture studies confirm Galloway calving ease superiority found at MARC.

SUPERIOR FORAGERS: 

Excellent foragers, Galloways consume more varieties of flora than any other cattle breed. 

A February 2008 OLDS’ College (Alberta, Canada) report shows Galloway feed efficiency is an excellent 3.85. This compares very favourably with the average of 4.32 for the 17 breeds involved in the test. Also noted in this study, Canadian Angus required over 20% more feed than the Galloway.




ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY:

Galloway Beef thrives using environmentally friendly grazing practices, organic fertilizers and animal Welfare

PROVEN PROFITABILITY:

Galloway breeders raise cattle that deliver a winning combination that is both profitable and sustainable. These cattle are ideally suited to outdoor living, both summer and winter.

PROVEN MARKETABILITY:

Breeders, producers, processors and butchers of Galloway beef have a readily marketable beef product for the consumer.

A heavy hair coat brings feed efficiency to your operation

WINTER FEED EFFICIENCY: 

When an observer first sees Galloway cattle, the first thing noted is the remarkable hair coat. Double laired, the Galloway has a a coarse outer coat which repels moisture. Below is a thick “wool like” under coat which preserves body heat. 

In a multi-breed research project conducted by a Canadian Government Experimental Station found that the Galloway ranks second only to the Buffalo in hair density tests. Galloway cattle with a hair count of approximately 4000 hairs per square inch (600 hairs per square centimetre) see winter feed costs which are significantly reduced. 

Further research at Montana State University (USA) has shown that a beef cow with just one inch thicker hair coat needs 20% to 25% less digestible feed to maintain body weight during cold weather. 

Though considered a breed for northern climates, the Galloway has been found to acclimate amazingly well to warmer regions.

THE PROOF IS IN THE EATING

NATURALLY MARBLED 

          = FLAVOUR WITH OUT EXCESS FAT: 

Add to this a naturally marbled animal you have flavourful beef raised on grass without excess fat.

Testing in Canada has found Galloway to be low in saturated fat and has been proven to be as healthy for the heart and brain as both chicken and fish.

In a 2006 meat marbling study published in the respected Journal, American Society of Animal Science, showed Galloways having more marbling flecks in both number and proportion of muscle than other trialled breeds including German Angus. Galloways achieved this significant result with 6% less feed than the other breeds. 

For more information, download the article Growth and Breed Related Changes of Marbling Characteristics in Cattle (Albrecht et al).


PROVEN FLAVOUR: 

The claim that Galloway beef is juicy, tender, and flavourful 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 flavour, juiciness and tenderness.

Galloways consistently score 6 and above (out of a max of 8) for the Australian GeneSTAR’s feed efficiency and tenderness gene marker testing.