Cherry Bank Galloways
Stud disbanded, May 2014

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Felicity Campbell and Michael Smyth welcome you to the Cherry Bank Galloway stud website. Please phone 0211277468  for enquiries.

We have stud and commercial Belted and White Galloway cattle on 70 hectares on the outskirts of Wanganui. (Cherry Bank was established by Captain Jock McGregor in 1841, a year after he had become Wanganui's first permanent settler. He named the property after his home village of Cherry Bank, now a suburb of Perth, Scotland with the modernised spelling, Cherrybank. Felicity is the author of "Making Waves" the biography of Captain McGregor and account of the settlement of Whanganui. (Link )

The White Galloway has been registered with the NZ Galloway Society since 1994 and has its own Herd Book. It features a white coat with coloured points and the colouring is probably derived from the ancient White cattle of Britain. There is a herd of White Park cattle at Hamilton, in Cadzow Park, which borders Galloway and although it is likely that this is how the colouring was introduced into the Galloway herd, ancient White herds are referred to throughout Britain, dating back to the Druids.  Although there could be several occasions when the white pigment was introduced to the Galloway, in essence it means that there are non-Galloway genes in this branch of the breed.

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

We converted to beef in semi-retirement after 30 years dairying and initially became interested in the Galloway because it is Scottish, however the more we learned, the more committed we became and joined the NZ Galloway Society. Link 

The White Galloway is classed as a Rare Breed. The Galloway suits smallholdings as well as larger farms due to its ease of management and ability to thrive on poorer pasture. It will forage better than other breeds and produce meat, low in saturated fat, which, in repeated blind tests, tops the score for taste and tenderness. We hope to breed enough commercial Galloway beef to bring the health benefits to the market for the same price as other breeds and we sell on a liveweight basis relative to current local beef markets.

The White Galloway is a strikingly pretty animal and this could be a problem if there is too great an emphasis on the markings at the expense of conformation and genotype. The breed has survived for over 1000 years in Scotland and has been reviewed frequently by cattlemen of former years. Despite the different terms and fewer scientific resources used by these cattlemen of the past it is easy to recognise the recurrent themes that characterise the breed today. These include the breed's hardiness and thriftiness, its heritability, its delicious marbled beef and its unique coat. 
The first article is from the Bruce Herald, 18 July 1884, discusses the hardiness of the Galloway.


"...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.

Our Commercial Galloway Cows and Calves During 2013 Drought 

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