Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Apr 14, 2015
Belted Galloway cattle are often referred to as Oreo cookie cows, due to their color pattern. We liked the way these looked and decided to get a couple. As dairy cows, they aren't very good. They do produce milk, but the quality and quantity leaves a lot to be desired.
Just one of our Brown Swiss cows produced more milk in a day than 4 Belted Galloway cows together.
Belted Galloway are better suited for beef. Their meat is fine to medium textured with marbling similar to Angus. The flavor gets better if the meat is aged before cooking. Belted Galloway get quite large, Bulls can easily top 1800 - 2000 lbs. Cows around 1500 lbs. 1300 lbs dressed is not impossible.
The problem with raising these for beef is the cost. There aren't a lot of Belted Galloways in the USA. That makes calves very pricey. The cost of feeding them for beef can be large , as grain costs are rising rapidly. If you know without a doubt that you can sell the meat for more than $15 per pound, you might break even.