The Galloway is one of the world's longest established breeds of beef cattle, named after the Galloway region of Scotland, where it originated, during the 17th century.
There have been many myths produced over the years about the family of breeds we call Galloway. It is universally accepted that there are three main Galloway types; the Galloway, a solid colour polled animal that may be black, red or dun including silver, the polled Belted Galloway having a distinctive white belt while the rest of the animal may be black, red or dun including silver, and the White Galloway, a mainly white animal with points of black, red, dun including silver and some variations on these colours.
The other breed that could be considered is the Miniature Galloway which can have all of the above colours and colour patterns but has a restricted height range mandated.
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.
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