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Galloway -cow and calf- Scotland

(most common name)
(transboundary/brand name)

(local/other name):
• Southern Scots Polled

The Galloway started in the Province of Galloway which is in southwestern Scotland. By the 16th century they already had a reputation for sweet tender meat and good oxen.

The Galloway is naturally polled, has short legs, and thick shaggy fur with weather-proof undercoats (to help it survive harsh winters).

The Galloway coat is black. Red Galloway and Dun Galloway are recognized color varieties. There is also the Riggit Galloway distinguished by a white dorsal stripe and (usually) black body color — dun also occurs and red less frequently. The Riggit Galloway Cattle Society was formed in 2007.

A Galloway breed society with its own herdbook was formed in 1877.

The Galloway can be found in:
• Australia (breed society 1952)
• Canada (breed society 1882)
• Czech Republic (herdbook)
• France (herdbook)
• Germany (breed society 1984)
• Iceland (herdbook)
• New Zealand (breed society 1949)
• South Africa (herdbook)
• Russia (herdbook)
• USA (breed society 1882)

This page was last updated on: 2023-05-17

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