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With so many different beef breeds available for the Australian Beef Producer
today, why would he choose to use Galloways in his breeding program? Being
one of the oldest naturally polled breeds, the characteristics that the
Galloway breed bring to your herd have been stabilised over many generations
of breeding. These
- Fertility — Galloway
bulls are very fertile at an early age. Reports from Tasmania of
one beef producer who turn out a 3 year old Hereford bull and an 18 month
old Belted Galloway with 26 heifers. The Hereford was much bigger
and the producer doubted if the Belted Galloway Bull would have the opportunity
to breed any of the heifers. Nine months later his opinion of the
Belted Galloway bull changed. The first 24 calves born were by the
Belted Galloway Bull.
If you want your cows in calf – the Galloway is the bull
for the job.
- Ease of Calving — Research
completed by the Clay Animal Research Centre, in Nebraska tested 11 breeds
for their ability to give birth and rear their calf. The Galloways
recorded the highest weaning percentage (95.5%) and the highest calf survival
percentage (95.2%). The Galloways also had an outstandingly low
incidence of calving difficulty (0.8%). The Galloway calf is very
vigorous at birth which helps it to survive those crucial first few days
There is no profit in a dead calf – make sure of your calving ease
by using a Galloway Bull.
- Maternal Traits & Longevity — Galloway
females are very protective of the calves and will produce a live viable
calf well into their teens. They produce a high quality milk and
will look after their calves in all conditions.
- Non-Selective Grazers — Research
in Europe has shown that Galloways will graze over the whole paddock which
allows the grasses to be able to compete with the weeds. They have the
ability to forage under sparse conditions and as a result can be finished
on pasture with only pasture hay or silage as a supplement.
- High Quality & High
Yielding Carcasses — The typical Galloways carcass is
well muscled, long and with optimum fat cover. Rarely does a Galloway
cross have too much fat cover. Galloway crosses have been shown
in feedlot trials to have the same marbling and growth rate as Angus
crosses, but better yield and less back fat (external fat). Carcass
competitions have shown that Galloway carcasses typically are high yielding,
with figures often around 73%.
- Produce High Quality Healthy
Beef — In Canada, USA and Switzerland research has shown
that beef which is extensively produced can be of great benefit in a
healthy diet. Galloway beef raised under extensive conditions
is rich in linoleic acid. The human body does not produce linoleic acid
and therefore it must be included n our diet. Linoleic acid reduces
the dangerous type of cholesterol (LDL), prevents thrombosis and therefore
protects coronary vessels. Research by Dr Butson, Canada also
has shown that Galloway beef has good levels of the essential fatty
acids Omega 6 (linoleic acid) and Omega 3 (linolenic acid).
- The Breed to Cross Breed — Results of crossing a Galloway with other breeds: Galloway cross females are easy-calving, great mothers, long-living and have an ability to do well in any conditions. A Galloway F1 cow has a genetic difference to produce strong hybrid vigour which adds considerable efficiencies to the cow herd and the progeny they produce. The steer portion of the drop has been proven over decades in grazing / feedlot trials and carcass competitions to have the weight gain and carcass that is required by the producer, butcher and consumer.
Galloway bulls have the ability to produce an even line of calves – in
colour, polledness and high quality carcasses from mixed lines of cows. The
Galloway polling dominance in crossbreeding ensures 100% polled calves from