The TimberRose black and white belted cows are Belted Galloways, a breed of Scottish cattle that was introduced to the United States in the 1950s. Belted Galloways, also known as Belties, are currently listed with the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy as a "watched" breed, which means there are fewer than 2,500 annual registrations in the United States and a global population of less than 10,000. The unique appearance of Belted Galloway cattle inspires many questions about their origins. With black, red or dun color sandwiched about a white middle, they are familiarly known as 'Belties' among breeders of the animals.
The most visible characteristics of the Belted Galloway are its long hair coat and the broad white belt that completely encircles the body. Its coarse outer coat helps shed the rain, and its soft undercoat provides insulation and waterproofing, enabling the breed to happily overwinter outside.
Belties are generally of a quiet temperament, but still maintain a strong maternal instinct and will protect a calf against perceived threats. These cows are great parents that form a strong nurturing bond with their calves. The calves are small at birth, weighing around 50-70 pounds. We've had 5 born into the TimberRose herd this year!
The Belted Galloway Breed produce a high quality beef product on grass alone. The USDA Cycle IV Germ Plasm Evaluation Program at the Meat Animal Research Center (MARC) showed that Galloway crosses placed at the top of the chart for flavor, juiciness and tenderness when compared to eleven other breeds, and is often considered the ORIGINAL GOURMET BEEF.See Our Belties