About Our Beef

At the Bell T Bar Ranch and the Aten Valley Ranch we are continuously cycling our animals for processing. If you are interested in purchasing processed 1/4, 1/2 or whole animals please call to find out when our next butcher date is scheduled!

The Beltie as Beef

The Belted Galloway is a pleasure to view, easy to keep and an attention getter in pastures anywhere in the country! But there is more to the Beltie than meets the eye -  it also produces fine-grained, naturally lean beef.  Laboratory analyses of Beltie beef have proven it to be low in both total fat and harmful saturated fat, and high in beneficial Omega 3 fatty acid.  Because the Belted Galloway does not need excessive backfat for winter warmth, butchers handling the carcasses are amazed to note that waste fat (trimmed fat) generally averages 1/4" cover instead of the 1-1/2" to 2" or more they are accustomed to seeing in commercial cattle.  Average slaughter weight is 1050 lbs. at approximatley 18 months of age. Hanging weight of a Beltie carcass is approximately 62% of live weight.  Independently evaluated by butchers across the country, most Belted Galloway steers have been graded Choice or Choice +.  Beltie carcasses generally are rated Yield Grade 2, indicating that each steer converts to a high percentage of excellent consumer beef.

One of the purposes of raising cattle is production of meat for human consumption. Today's health conscious society wants a product low in fat yet tender, juicy and flavorful. These needs are being met in Belted Galloway beef.

The USDA Meat Animal Research Center (MARC) at Clay Center, Nebraska conducted extensive testing of multiple beef animal traits during the period of 1986 to 1990. The results of the overall study indicated that no one breed excelled in all of the traits important to the beef industry; that each breed may contribute different and potentially valuable genetics to crossbreeding programs.

What the research did reveal was that the Galloway excelled in the beef quality trait areas of Flavor and Juiciness ... meaning that Galloway beef ranked first in taste. This outcome is of significant importance in itself.