There is universal agreement that the Galloway is an ancient breed native to the Galloway district of South West Scotland, known since the 1600’s. It is one of the oldest beef breeds known. They are solid colour, hardy, polled and long haired and have always been a beef breed not used as draught animals or milkers. Their superb meat has been recorded over hundreds of years.
Some say it most probably traces its origin back to the cattle the Norsemen bought in when they invaded the coastal districts of Scotland.
Galloways were first registered, with the Aberdeen Angus, in the Polled Herd-Book from 1862-1877 when a separate Herd-Book was established. Today the home of the Galloways is in Castle Douglas, where the Galloway Cattle Society is. Galloways were first imported into New Zealand in 1947 from Scotland. They were very popular for some time, but today there are only a few herds in New Zealand.
The most visible characteristics are its long hair coat and the broad white belt that completely encircles its body.
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