Galloways are a hardy breed that originated on the exposed uplands
of Galloway, in the south west of Scotland.
Colours are black, dun, or
red, all with the characteristic white belt, which completely encircles
the body. These naturally polled hill cattle are eminently suited
for converting rough grazing into lean meat. Their double coat of
long hair, to shed the rain, and soft undercoat, for warmth, eliminates
the need for expensive housing.
"A few days ago I ate a roast which I'd
like to believe is the taste of beef to come. The meat was a rib
of a rare British beast, a Belted Galloway. Cooked alongside it
was a pretty splendid piece of Aberdeen Angus, but there was no
contest. The Galloway had a silky texture and though it was dangerously
red and rare, it was as tender as meat has any right to be, its
juices keen and appetising." Michael Bateman in the Independent