At the Royal Agriculture Show in Stoneleigh 1989 we saw our first Belted Galloway. Right away we were fascinated by this breed. The arguments for us to breed Belted Galloways were exspecially the beautiful coat marking, their hardyness, good flow of milk and last but not least the beef quality.
So we immediately got in touch with British breeders and some weeks later we took home our first 3 Belted Galloway heifers from the well-known Bolebec herd. Our first stock bull 'Napoleon', bought in Germany, completed the herd.
Breeding Belted Galloways was our hobby, so the number of our cattle was constant with about 4 cows, one stock bull and their offspring. We sold cattle mostly for breeding, but those which were not good enough for breeding were consequentely slaughtered.
In Germany the registration of pedigree cattle is different to other countries. Every state has its own beef cattle society with a herdbook (11 at the moment) and its own way of registration.
All colours of Galloways (solid coloured, belted, white and riggit) are registered together in one herdbook. That means for example that the offspring of a Galloway and a Belted Galloway is not a crossbred like in other countries, in Germany this is a purebred Galloway with full herdbook, called Galloway black, Galloway dun belted or Galloway red riggit, it is registered only under the suspect of the coat markings. The German Society, Bundesverband Deutscher Gallowayzüchter (BDG) told the beef cattle societies to do so, and they pursuaded most of German breeders that this is the right way of breeding Galloway cattle.
For a lot of breeders this is an unlucky situation for they want to breed Galloways, Belted Galloways or other varieties in separate herdbooks like the traditional system in Scotland. They have realized that crossing of all coloured Galloways would be a problem in the future. It wouldn't be funny if the new black Galloway stock bull, whose roots three generations back had been belted or riggit, which you cannot see in the pedigree, will make beautiful coloured offspring.