Galloway, which has given its name to a valuable breed of black or dun polled cattle, was an ancient regality or lordship lying in the south-west of Scotland. The word is derived from Gallovid, which in old Scots signifies “a Gaul”. The breed itself was acknowledged and recorded many hundreds of years ago.
Galloways are pre-eminently a beef producing breed. Galloway beef is considered by increasing numbers of people to be tender and flavoursome. Their flesh is well marbled with fat and lean intermixed, and it was this quality which gave them their ancient fame and which led to their being bred specifically to supply the markets of England with beef of extra quality.
There is no other breed of cattle which can lay such claims to the title of purebred as the Galloways. It has never been said in any wellinformed quarter that a Galloway is not an original and distinct breed of cattle. It no mixture of other breeds. All the improvements in the breed have come from within by careful selection.
Galloways Australia continues this tradition of careful breeding and selection to continue to protect the unique heritage and bring modern qualities in our cattle.
Registration (Show) Standard
To be registered with Galloways Australia Stud Register – Section 1- Galloways and subsequently eligible for showing, the animal must
- be black, dun, silver or red with white only permitted on the underline behind the navel
- be the progeny of cattle already registered in Section 1 (or as defined in the Registration Rules)
- must be free of horns or scurs
Animals which are shown should also strongly display Galloway characteristics such as
- The short wide head with broad forehead and wide nostrils
- large and prominent eyes
- ears that are moderate in length and broad, pointing forwards and upwards with a long fringe of hair
- the shoulders should be fine, straight and moderately wide
- the buttocks should be broad and straight with muscle will down the to the hock
- legs should be well boned and strong without excessive length
- tail should be well set and moderately thick
- hair should be soft and wavy with a mossy undercoat
An animal will not be eligible for registration in Section 1 if there is any evidence of non-Galloway ancestors.
This information has been provided for general information, members should refer to the latest version of the Galloways Australia Registration Rules and Regulations for additional guidance.