People that visit our farm are always fascinated by our strange-looking cattle. These peculiar looking cows are called Belted Galloways. Most farmers just call these cows Belties for short. This rare breed of cattle originally comes from the highlands of Scotland.
Belted Galloway Cows - Our Beef Cattle
Belted Galloway - Wikipedia
It isn't only the cows that carry this marking, so do the bulls, heifers, steers and calves. BG's and BL's can be also be red, brown, or buckskin coloured with the white belt around the middle. MPCs can also have a recessive red gene that occurs occasionally. No such breed exists, nor are there any cattle of mixed-breed heritage that are white with a black stripe in the middle. The black pig with a white stripe is the Wessex Saddleback pig. This is a domestic pig that originated in west England.
Cow with a perfect white stripe in the middle
Riggit Galloway Cattle Society. The white colouration may include a widening of the stripe to cover much of the back, particularly on the hind quarters, white under the keel of the animal, and white flashes amongst the solid colour. T he colouration seems to part of the phased change between a white animal with black points as in the various park breeds, in this instance the White Galloway , and solid coloured animals -Black or Red or Dun.
The Belted Galloway is a traditional Scottish breed of beef cattle. It derives from the Galloway cattle of the Galloway region of south-western Scotland , and was established as a separate breed in It is adapted to living on the poor upland pastures and windswept moorlands of the region. The exact origin of the breed is unclear, although the white belt for which they are named — and which distinguishes the breed from the native black Galloway cattle — is often surmised to be the result of cross-breeding with the similarly-coloured Dutch Lakenvelder breed. Belted Galloways are primarily raised for their quality marbled beef , although they are sometimes milked or kept for ornament.