We were equally determined to find the best possible heritage breed for producing the finest beef and in this case, our research pointed straight to the Belted Galloway.
The “Belties” as they are affectionately referred to are a pleasure to view and an attention getter if ever noticed in the pastures, but their beauty is just a bonus. When it comes to high quality beef from a strictly grass fed program, this breed wrote the book.
The Galloway breed has a recorded history going back to the 16th century in the former Galloway district of Scotland, and the Galloway has only improved as a fine grass fed producer over hundreds of years.
By far, their best attribute is their gourmet meat, being fine-grained, tender and juicy, with fantastic flavor. Taste panels in Canada, the US, and abroad have shown Galloway beef to be at or near the top of the charts when evaluating tenderness, flavor, marbling, and juiciness.
The health benefits between Belted Galloway and commercial cattle can be seen in the following chart, which outlines carcass comparisons made in 1994 by A.R.C. Butson MD of Maple Brae Farms In Hamilton, Ont between a half dozen Belted Galloways and an equal number of commercial cattle at the laboratories at the University of Geulph
|Belted Galloway (mg)||Random Commercial (mg)|
|Total fat average||2.71||3.24|
|Palmitic acid (saturated)||.70||.81|
|Stearic acid (saturated)||.46||.45|
|Omega 6 linoleic acid (polyunsaturated)||.12||.19|
|Omega 3 linolenic acid (polyunsaturated)||.037||.031|
|Omega 6 : Omega 3 ratio||1.99||5.03|
|Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)||.022||.011|
|Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)||.0041||.0026|
|Cholesterol, mg/100g (single sample)||49||70|
The above study was only looking at the differences between Belted Galloays and typical commercial cattle and didn’t even address the amazing differences between grass fed and grain finished. Click on Grass Fed Beef to learn more about these benefits.
At Wild Moon, our Belted Galloway are certified organic and are raised on irrigated pastures with mixed grasses. In winter, they are fed organic hay with a mixture of grasses which we grow ourselves.
The water they drink is from a mountain fed stream and the pastures they have access to extend up into natural mountain forest
Certified organic means that our cattle are never exposed to growth promotants or hormones, antibiotics or steroids. It also means that all pasture or hay is certified organic, and that the animals are not exposed to feed with any pesticides, herbicides, irradiation, GMO’s or commercial fertilizers.
Another very important and valuable tool we utilize at Wild Moon is dry aging for 28 days – this rare process adds tremendous flavor and tenderness to our beef and is a value added that few will offer.
Contact us now to order your beef or be put on a list for the future.