The Belted Galloway is thought to have evolved in the seventeenth century; a result of cross-breeding between the native black Galloway cattle of western Scotland and the Dutch Lakenvelde belted cattle. The stocky, medium sized cow, is one of the most visually distinctive breeds of cattle because of the white “belt” wrapping around its belly, no horns, and the thick shaggy coat grown in the winter months.
Belties have long been favored for their rugged resilience. They are well-equipped to thrive outdoors all year round and in any climate. Their double coat, made up of long outer hairs and a softer undercoat, provides protection in harsh environments. Because of this thick coat they don’t grow a thick layer of fat under their skin to keep them warm which makes the beef leaner.
Our growing cattle herd are registered with the Certified South Carolina (CSA’s) & Belted Galloway Society. Fully raised on a grass-based diet and grain finished prior to processing, our Belties graze the Seaside Farm Proper and Kiawah River pastures throughout the Spring, Summer and Autumn months. These pastures are rich in biodiversity and the quality is reflected in the unmatched taste of our resulting product.