Belted Galloway cow, By Jamain (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons


Probably one of the most visually distinctive native breeds that Scotland has to offer, the “beltie” as it is fondly known originates from the beutiful Galloway Hills in the South West of Scotland. This breed is believed to have originated in the 17th century when the Galloway may have been crossed with the Dutch Belted Cow when trade between the countries was lucrative. Easily identifiable by the complete white belts across the centre of the animal it was common folklore that the farmers used to get up early every morning to paint their bellies white so that they could see them at night. Belties are well regarded for producing top quality beef with a notable texture and flavour, owing to the fact that they are slow to mature. The breeding cows can live well into their twenties and produce several calves during their lifetime.