Felicity Campbell and Michael Smyth welcome you to the Cherry Bank Galloway stud website. Please phone 0211277468 for enquiries.
The White Cattle of Cadzow Park, Scotland, 1894
Royal Natural History Engraving (left)
Above: White Park Cattle Society website
Some of our Friesian cross White Galloway commercial cows, 2013. Photo G Best
"...Many Galloways are wintered out in high-lying, cold localities ... Galloways are kept high above the sea in cold situations..." The Bruce Herald, 18 July 1884
Galloway bulls have a real place in the dairy industry for tailending the herd and as easy calving bulls for heifers. The calf will take after the Galloway and grow into a good beef animal or be high value as a feeder calf for sale. The prepotency of the Galloway has been noted for a long time as evidenced by this Press article "Jottings For Farmers" 1 June 1907.
"...Professor Shaw places Galloway cattle ... as very forceful breeders..."
"... that is to say, the Galloways... have been bred pure for a longer period than the Aberdeen Angus..." Jottings For Farmers, 1 June 1907
Amidst all the advantages there is one drawback. The Galloway is slower to finish than other breeds, however, enthusiasts reckon the results are worth the extra time to mature. In 1885, the Otago Witness of 5 September quoted the British Journal of Agriculture thus:
"When slaughtered, the flesh and fat are found distributed in a manner fitted to produce the most satisfactory roasts and rounds..." The Otago Witness, 5 September 1885
"Mr S.P. Clarke...exhibited robes made from the curly glossy black hides of Galloway cattle."
Otago Witness, 29 December, 1890
Bearing the long and well-husbanded history of the Galloway, breeding them is a serious business. Modern analytical techniques can help breeders to identify and to quantify the unique characteristics of Galloway beef that historical breeders refer to in the extracts above. Photo Below by G Best.