Australian Galloway Association


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Belted Galloways have been bred in Scotland for many years with their origin obscured in the mists of cattleman's folklore.  The cattle have the same general characteristics as the solid coloured Galloway but are noted for the broad belt of white coat encircling the body. 

Belted Galloways are regarded as having a superior milking quality.   This milking ability may be the clue to the origin of the Belted Galloway.  In the northern areas of Holland, noble families have bred a fine milking cow, the Lakenfeld.  This has a broad white belt similar to the Belted Galloway.

The Lakenfeld was imported into the USA in 1840 by PT Barnum, of circus and Wild Bill Hickock fame.  In 1909 the Dutch Belted Cattle Association was incorporated in New Jersey, registered cattle were black with a white belt.

Herds of black Galloway cattle have been managed for the Royal families in the United Kingdom for many centuries.  It is not inconceivable that when William of Orange came from Holland to take the English throne in 1689 some Lakenfeld milking cows were imported and that at some time a crossing with solid coloured Galloways provided the genetic basis for the Belted Galloway.

The white belt is inherited as a dominate trait, just like the whiteface of the Hereford.  The belt can be expressed over all solid colours, black, dun, red and even silver dun where the belt can only be distinguished by the pigment variant of the skin.  The most popular Belted Galloway, however, is the black where the contrast of black and white is so distinctive and attractive.

Apart from the unique attractiveness derived from the coat colours, the Belted Galloway has the valuable qualities of carcass type, hardiness and fertility for which Galloways are renowned.  They also have the ability to mark crosses with other breeds which permit ready identification.  Crossing over red cattle of the red centre of Australia has made air mustering easier through the application of a white belt or patch.  The Hereford cross will produce a black baldy with a distinctive white belt or patch, enabling the breeder to recognise river and creek crossers.