Low lines tend to be more gentle than the larger cattle breeds. Their small size at birth means owners can work directly with the cattle. This makes it easier to halter break them at a younger age. Low lines and miniatures are more attractive to 4-H kids and older retirees that enjoy working with the livestock due to their smaller frames. The meat from the Low lines and miniatures rates higher in tenderness and flavor due to the fact that the meat is generally fine- grained with good marbling. These cattle also provide just enough meat to fit into the standard home freezer and feed a family of four or less for the estimated 6 months. The birth height for miniature low line calf is generally between 19 and 25 inches. Birth weight can vary but is normally between 25 to 55 pounds. The life span for the miniature low line is between 12 and 25 years. Minis are not dwarf cattle. Some people believe that the miniatures are actually defective. The closer you look at the breeding history of these cattle, show that they were specifically bred for these genetic traits, which are small in size.
Foundation stock of the present Belted Galloway herds in the United States dates back to 1948. Additional stock has been brought over from the British Isles, and herds now have been established from Maine to California and from Eastern Canada to Florida and Texas. The owners of Belties should enjoy the increasing opportunities to exhibit their cattle in different livestock shows and events. The animals themselves are extremely docile if properly taken care of which makes them easy to handle. So, why not give this amazing breed a try?
I just started this new business with miniature cattle on October 17th 2015. I look forward to growing my cattle herd and raising loveable minis with great personalities. All of my miniature cattle are halter broke and loved to be combed with a brush. They are all also polled. We have 4 Belted Galloway heifers that we are going to mix breed with our bull Scrappy along with 1 white baldy heifer and 1 white blaze face heifer. There are a couple different things you can do with miniature cattle. For example you can raise them to be show cattle or as pets which I raise mine for both reasons. It is my dream to raise the best miniature cattle in my area.
- Very attractive breed
- Adaptable to all climates so they are at home anywhere in the United States
- Strong protectors of their offspring
- The oldest continuous herd in the country is located in Rockport, Maine which dates back to 1953
- Easy calving
- Regular breeding cycle
- This breed is well known for their strong "will to live"
- Easy keepers
- The precise bite of the grazing Galloway is like a "vacuum cleaner" to the turf, leaving the remaining grass in first class shape
- The double coat of the Galloway has 4,000 hairs to the square inch
- Due to their rich milk production their offspring should be weaned at around 205 days which should make the calf almost half the weight as its mother
- Life span of about 17 to 20 years
- The white belt makes the animal highly visible and is great help when finding a new calf
- No other breed looks as attractive against a field of green as the Belted Galloway
- Written records dating back to 1530 show that this remarkable breed of cattle is one of the oldest known to man
- Naturally polled
- Natural leanness which contains less saturated fat
- Inherited gentleness
- Less acreage needed
- More efficient than large cattle on grass
- Adaptable to different climates
- Easy calving
- Minimal calving issues
- Healthier and better tasting
- Perfect for those who want to live the country lifestyle
- Possible tax write off
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