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2017-Jun05
 

Belted Galloway Cattle (June 1, 2017)

There are additional photos on the Cattle page.

I will accept serious offers on these cattle. See my estimated values in the description of each cow.

Please contact me if you want to see them in person before submitting an offer to schedule a visit.

Information from my Beltie mentor at Worstell Farm:

“Your cattle are all very docile, and not easily excited. If the people who are interested are first-time cattle owners, then maybe you want to tell them that you can hand-feed them or scratch their heads or flanks.
We don't have anything that you couldn't simply walk across the pasture and not worry. (You CANNOT say that about most any other breed - particularly when you talk about bulls.)

On that bull - emphasize that the Beltie breed is able to service a herd for 10 years or more. I just read yesterday that they can live as old as 18 years. Angus bulls are only good for 3 years, then you sell them and buy another. The guy who built our house - and got three of our heifers as part of it - bought his Beltie bull at 5 years old and has had him several years.

The other point of buying a Beltie bull, as we did, was to improve the genetics of your herd and bring the overall carcass size down while you also get genetically-tender beef, with better taste (as long as you keep them grassfed.) University studies echo some ranchers who say that if you bring down your average weight by 100lbs., you can get another 20% more cattle on your acreage. Meanwhile, those slightly smaller-weight calves bring more at the market - so your profits go up.

Beltie bulls are also great for first-time heifers, since they throw a small calf that grows fast. Beltie heifers make great mothers and will still throw a small calve to a larger bull (but who in their right mind would want to do that?!?) Your bull will be able to service a full-size cow.

You can see why they have the reputation for being the most efficient breed at meat production. Stocky and short-legged. Angus are taller and you lose a lot of weight in those long, thin legs.

Our own heifers/cows keep getting calmer and calmer.

You may want to talk about the breed itself. Galloways (as you know) are great first-herd animals. They are very easy to deal with, and survive well in both summer and winter due to that hair coat they have. You got a great deal in that we spend a lot of time working with these heifers to get them used to people. Since you've been working with them (and they had their calves) they settle down quite a bit.  Also, while you have pretty uniform pastures, Belties eat a much wider variety of forage than most breeds (only Highland cattle, and maybe Longhorns) eat a wider variety. Generally, the harsher environment the breed started out from is how well they'll adapt to any scene they encounter.
If I were starting up, I'd scoop up the whole set from you, as it's a perfect starter herd.


Here’s what I found about Belted Galloway Cattle on the internet:

(www.cattle-exchange.com)
Origin of Breed
The Belted Galloway's first recorded history indicates that they developed during the 16th century in the former Galloway district of Scotland, although references to “sheeted” cattle have occurred in art and literature as early as the 11th century. The Belted Galloway is essentially the same in origin and characteristics as the Galloway except the distinctive white belt that is thought to have been introduced by an infusion of Dutch Belted blood, probably in the 17th or 18th century. They are often referred to as “Belties,” and have been recorded in herd books since 1852.
Physical Description
The Belted Galloway is a very distinctive with its white belt that encircles the body. The rest of the body is black, dun or red in color. The distinctive white belt often varies somewhat in width and regularity but usually covers most of the body from the shoulders to the hooks. Belted Galloways are naturally polled cattle. Belties do not develop much fat under their hides; instead they have a double coat of hair consisting of a dense, soft, short undercoat and a long, shaggy overcoat, which is usually cast in hot weather. This double coat provides excellent protection in cold, wet and windy weather. The Belted Galloway cow has about 4,000 hairs per square inch making their coat resistant to severe cold conditions.
In general, the mature Belted Galloway bull weighs within the 1,800 to 2,000 lb. The mature Beltie cow averages 1,100 to 1,300 lb. At birth, bull calves usually weigh 70 to 80 lb. while heifer calves about 10 lb. less.
Defining Characteristics
The breed is known for their grazing ability, longevity (17-20 years) and hardiness.
Belted Galloways have excellent calving ease, feed efficiency, and great marketability to consumers.
Belted Galloway carcasses have a total fat content of about 2%, a low percentage. Data collected in the U.S. has shown that the beef dresses out at 60 - 62% of live weight making it a profitable breed. Their meat contains only 1% saturated fat, which is fitting for health conscious consumers. Their meat can also be marketed in a variety of specialty niches, such as organic and grass-fed beef.

 (www.beltie.org/guidelines-for-selecting.php)
Other Desirable Breed Characteristics

Disposition/Behavior: Belted Galloways should be of a calm and quiet disposition. They should not exhibit panic when approached, which can be determined by ears perking, excessively alert eyes, and constant defecation. They should not exhibit aggressive behavior toward humans, even when penned. 

Maternal Characteristics: Cows should calve easily without assistance. They should exhibit immediate care of the newborn calf, and neither abandon nor surrender the calf. Protection of the calf in moderation is desirable, excessive protectiveness is helpful when cattle are in the “wild” but not within confined arrangement, as it may be dangerous. Cows should rebreed 90 days after calving. 

Milk Production: Cows should produce sufficient milk for rapid development of calf. Udder and teats should appear symmetrical and healthy during lactation. 

Foraging Characteristics: Cattle should feed aggressively on available pasture and utilize not only grass but also appropriate non-grass species when available. 

Meatiness: Cows should produce offspring with finished carcass weights of 60-62% of their live weights. Carcass weights should be Choice or better. 

Hardiness: Cattle should require minimal health care throughout life, be resistant to parasites and be able to “survive” on limited nutrients. They should adapt to environments of marked heat or cold with minimal stress, weight loss, or interruption of reproduction. They should remain active and vigorous well into their teens. 

Belted Galloway, Unregistered Bull

 

Fernie is NOT registered but is a pure-blooded Belted Galloway (of unknown pedigree). I purchased him from Blackwater Bend Farm in 2013. His date of birth is estimated to be June 2012. He was weaned in October 2012. As of this Spring his weight was estimated at 1500 lbs (+/-).

I have not done any tests for semen counts. He has successfully bred all of my cows to produce calves in 2014 (August: bull calf and September: heifer calf), 2015 (August: bull calf and September: heifer calf), 2016 (June: heifer calf, July: bull calf, August: heifer calf) and 2017 (all three cows are bred and due this summer).

He is a pleasant member of the herd in that he is not overly pushy to the cows and will play some with the calves. He has not been pushy with me or my husband, but we respect him as a bull. Five of the seven calves he has produced have full belts.

Beltie bulls can live to be as old as 18 years and breed even full size cows for 10 years (or more); because of this and Fernie being a virile, young bull from a closed herd, trained to Management Intensive Grazing (also known as Strip Grazing or Mob Grazing), I am asking $2,500 (OBO).

FYI: As you can see, I keep Fernie with the rest of the herd. Because of this and having calves, I have been using a 3-heights polywire set-up (top and bottom wires live, middle wire grounded).

 

Belted Galloway Type, Cow (bred, due Summer 2017)

I have three (3) Belted Galloway Type (not pure-blooded) Cows:

 

Button (the lead cow) is half Brahma/Angus and half Belted Galloway. She is all black with a small white spot on her left side. I purchased her from Worstell Farm in 2013. Her date of birth is March 26, 2012. She was vaccinated for Brucellosis before we purchased her. I have not weighed her but estimate her weight to be 1000 lbs.

She was bred the first time at 20 months of age by Fernie and delivered a bull calf (black with a full white belt) on August 20, 2014 (estimated birth weight 50+ lbs, unassisted birth, cleaned up).

She was bred the second time 3.5 months after the first birth by Fernie and delivered a heifer calf (black with a white patch on its left side that looks like a hand print) on September 14, 2015 (estimated birth weight 50+ lbs, unassisted birth, cleaned up).

Her third breeding was 3 weeks after the 2nd birth by Fernie and she delivered a bull calf July 13, 2016 (estimated birth weight 50+ lbs, unassisted birth, cleaned up).

She is currently bred by Fernie (conception date not determined) and is due during the Summer 2017.

Button is very friendly. She is a good mother and not overly domineering of her calf. She was trained to Management Intensive Grazing (also known as Strip Grazing or Mob Grazing) before she came to me. I am asking $2,500 (OBO).


Button's heifer calf on it's birth day.


Button - BEFORE calving


Button - AFTER calving


 

Nike is half Brahma/Angus and half Belted Galloway. She is all black with a partial belt across her stomach that tapers up her right side about half-way (it resembles the “swish” of the Nike brand… thus her name) and she has a small patch of white on her left side. I purchased her from Worstell Farm in 2013. Her date of birth is April 10, 2012. She was vaccinated for Brucellosis before we purchased her. I have not weighed her but estimate her weight to be 1000 lbs.

She was bred the first time at 20 months of age by Fernie and delivered a heifer calf (black with a full white belt) on September 24, 2014 (estimated birth weight 50+ lbs, unassisted birth).

She was bred the second time 1 month after the first birth by Fernie and delivered a bull calf (black with a full white belt) on August 4, 2015 (estimated birth weight 50+ lbs, unassisted birth).

Her third breeding was 1 month after the 2nd birth by Fernie and she delivered a heifer calf June 14, 2016 (estimated birth weight 50+ lbs, unassisted birth).

She is currently bred by Fernie (conception date not determined) and is due during the Summer 2017.

Nike is a good mother and wanted her first calf always close at hand, but has relaxed some with the other calves. She was trained to Management Intensive Grazing (also known as Strip Grazing or Mob Grazing) before she came to me. I am asking $2,500 (OBO).


Nike's bull calf.


Nike with her bull calf.


Nike from the other side.

 

Domino is a half Angus and half Belted Galloway. She is black with a full white belt that has a small black spot near the top of her back on the right side. I purchased her from Worstell Farm in 2015. Her date of birth is July 13, 2013. She was vaccinated for Brucellosis before we purchased her. She was weighed on a scale just before coming to my farm and weighed 532 lbs in April 2015.

She was bred the first time at 17 months of age by Gene Autry (registered) and delivered a bull calf (black with a full white belt) on September 5, 2015 (estimated birth weight 50+ lbs, unassisted birth).

Her second breeding was 6 weeks after the 1st birth by Fernie and she delivered a heifer calf August 7, 2016 (estimated birth weight 50+ lbs, unassisted birth).

She is currently bred by Fernie (conception date not determined) and is due during the Summer 2017.

Domino has been somewhat reserved and mostly is bonded to Fernie (the bull). Since her first calf, her standing has risen and she is more comfortable with the cows. She appears to be not overly domineering of her calf. She was trained to Management Intensive Grazing (also known as Strip Grazing or Mob Grazing) before she came to me. I am asking $2,500 (OBO).


Domino's bull calf.


Domino


Domino with her bull calf.

 

Belted Galloway Steer Yearling

I have one (1) Belted Galloway Type (not pure-blooded) Steer.

 

Primo is the 2016 (born July 13, 2017) calf of Fernie and Button, which makes him three-quarters Belted Galloway and one-quarter Brahma/Angus. He is black with a full white belt. He was castrated and vaccinated in May 2017 and weaned in May 2017. The vet estimated his weight to be 500 lbs.

I am asking $800 (OBO). (See the page on Cowpooling for the direct sale pricing of this beef.)

 



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