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Thursday, September 15, 2011

The belted Galloway


We saw some of these cattle in Oregon and loved how they called them the "Oreo Cookie Cows".

The “Belted Galloway”,  is a hardy breed of Scottish Cattle, and distinctive because of the belted, white band evenly distributed around the mid section of the otherwise totally black animal. Many breeders and cattle fanciers refer to the “belties” as Oreo Cookie Cows. This extremely hardy and dual-purpose breed are considered perfect cattle for the harsh and long winters. Belted Galloways are very hardy, covered in a dual hair coat that all Galloways possess. A short, velvety and water resistant undercoat acts like a downy insulation, protecting these cows from dampness of any kind. The long, course, and curly outer guard hairs protect them from cold, making these animals a wonderful breed for adaptation in Northern climates. Even their ears have unusually long fur resembling attractive fringe, protecting their ears from frostbite.
There many other great positives for these cows but just the fact that they look like a Oreo cookie

was good enough for me.








9 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

i've called them 'bumblebee cows' before too. :) my neighbor has several mini dutch belteds. they're really cute.

Allison said...

MY FAVORITE COOKIE IS THE OREO!!! And I can honestly say I would prefer the cookie over the cow. :D haha great post!

Chatty Crone said...

I see some big oreo's out there! sandie

Nancy said...

My area has a few of this breed, and they are called Oreo cows here, too.

Granny Annie said...

We have some of these cows around here and I think they are just the coolest of cool. Cows fascinate me for some reason and I like to imagine all the things they are saying to one another. Did you know there are belted pigs too?

Flora said...

I remember we were biking in Maine and rounded a corner and I saw my first Belted Galloway's....I was in awe!! I never thought of them being like an Oreo cookie...but that they are...cool!!!

Farmchick said...

My husband and I have discussed getting some of these cows. A great breed AND fun to look at.

Lady Di Tn said...

Monica
I love the cows. There were some down the road from us and after reading about them, I wondered how they survived our hot weather. They have a very gentle nature which makes them perfect for novice cattlemen. Peace

Terra said...

Great photo of this breed of cattle I had not seen before. Cute nickname.