We have already extolled the virtues and rationale behind the creation of our Belted Galloway herd, but this distinctive breed deserves some more background.
‘Belties’ originate from Dumfries & Galloway, in South West Scotland and are instantly recognizable with their white belts on their quite fluffy hides.
They are known as being particularly hardy in their ability to withstand some quite wild & raw weather conditions, due to their dual layer of ‘hair’; an undercoat of dense hair and then a thick & woolly outer layer of ‘fur’. This enables them to be able to shed water from their coats and maintain a high level of warmth, throughout even adverse weather conditions.
The breed is also known for its slow growing, maturing nature which translates into depth of flavour and a dark red coloured meat. They can forage and digest wild grasses, meadows and heather to create great tasting and well marbled meat.
Essentially, they are the perfect breed for our upland farm, where they are left to wander & are fundamentally free range!
“It’s the best steak I’ve had in 20 years!“