Belted Galloway beef cattle are often referred to colloquially as “Oreo cows” due to their characteristic black body and central white band. Known as “Belties” to breeders and admirers, the cattle actually come in three different color combinations: the classic black, red, and dun.
The breed originated in Scotland, though the timeline for their appearance is questionable with some stating their breeding stretches as far back as the 11th century and others attributing their existence to crossbreeding in the 16th or 17th centuries.
Belties have thick double coats, which allows them to weather harsher climates…including our cold Minnesota winters. This also results in a lower amount of back fat, leading to healthier cuts of beef.
Beltie beef is lean and flavorful, lower in saturated fat than USDA standards in both grain finished and grass fed cattle. Average Beltie beef comes in at an extremely low 2% total fat content with only 1% saturated fat. The marbling in the meat is known to lend a great flavor and tenderness.
We believe that Beltie beef is the best. Nothing matches the quality provided by this particular breed and our cows have been raised with the intent on producing not only the best bred animals, but the highest quality meat possible.