The Belted Galloway

The Belted Galloway - in the 16 th century Since the former...

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Rachel G                      09-28-06 AVS 323               Assignment The Belted Galloway NAME (BREED):  Belted Galloway (part of the Galloway family) Their name is derived from the word “Gallovid” or “Gaul” BREED CHARACTERISTICS:   The Belted Galloway is a naturally hornless animal that is entirely black, but has a  distinctive white “belt” around its midsection. Sometimes known as the “oreo cookie” cow,  this animal can weigh anywhere from 900 to 1700 pounds. Other characteristics include a  small frame, very short legs, and a broad, flat head.  ORIGIN: The Galloway breeds are considered one of the oldest breeds in the world.  The Belted Galloway is thought to have originated in the mountains of southwest Scotland 
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Unformatted text preview: in the 16 th century. Since the former Galloway district of Scotland was a rugged seacoast region, these animals were originally bred to be strong and hardy. It wasn’t until the 1950s that the Belted Galloway was introduced in the United States. Today, the eastern Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec have the largest concentration of Belted Galloways. PURPOSE: Because of their enormous size and weight, these animals are bred primarily for beef. They are non-selective grazers, so they are friendly to the environment. They also are helpful in improving your pasture if you happen to manage sheep as well....
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