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Belted Galloway Production Sale at Worcester

There’ll be an opportunity to buy some of the finest Belted Galloway cattle in the land at the end of the month when noted breeder and Wales and Border Ram Sales secretary, Jane Smith, holds a production sale at Worcester.

Whitepool Leona and Jane Smith

whitepool leona and jane smith

Jane who has been breeding Belted Galloway cattle for ten years has consistently taken championships at the main UK shows and this year her stock bull Southfield Double-O-Seven took Supreme Champion at the Royal Show.

The championship was one of five for Southfield Double –O-Seven in 2009 including Interbreed Champion at the Three Counties & Bath & West Shows. The sale will feature six cows in calf to Southfield Double 07 and all are due to calve in November.

The sale will include the in-calf cows, all of whom have daughters retained in the herd, along with three recently calved heifers. The un-served heifer consignment includes a 2009 breed champion along with 5 other show potential heifers.

Jane says: "With this sale in mind no females have been sold privately for 18months, therefore giving the buyer the opportunity to buy into some of the most successful current genetics. We have already had a number of people to see the cattle and are delighted with the interest."

Belted Galloways have seen an enormous turnaround in their fortunes since they were on the endangered species list after the foot and mouth outbreak in 2001. They are in demand for grazing schemes and have been used by IBERS at their Brecon farm.

They are a hardy breed, originally from the exposed uplands of Galloway, in the south west of Scotland. Colours are black, dun, or red, all with the characteristic white belt, which completely encircles the body.

Naturally polled hill cattle, they readily convert rough grazing into lean meat. Their double coat of long hair, to shed the rain, and soft undercoat for warmth, means they don’t need expensive housing.

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