Galloway Cattle


The Graham brothers of Vaughan Township, Ontario, Canada first introduced the Galloway breed into North America in 1853. In 1866, Galloways were first imported into the United States. In 1872, with the formation of the Ontario Galloway Herd Book, the first registrations of Galloways in Canada took place. Following this Canadian initiative, in 1882 Galloway breeders in Canada and the United States combined to form the North American Galloway Association which was incorporated under Ontario’s “Agricultural and Arts Act”.

The American breeders went their own way in 1902, forming the American Galloway Breeders’ Association. As a result, the Canadian breeders formed their own association in 1905, the “North American Galloway Breeders’ Association”, under Canada’s “Livestock Pedigree Act”. The constitution of the “N.A.G.B.A.” stated that the Association would maintain a closed Herd Book and that all registrations and transfers would be recorded by the Canadian National Livestock Records. This continues to this day under the successor organization, the Canadian Livestock Records Corporation. In 1939, the North American Galloway Breeders’ Association was renamed the Canadian Galloway Association.

Galloway’s are naturally polled having a bone knob on the top of there skull referred to as a poll. The breed is also equipped with a dual hair coat with one layer being a thick woolly undercoat for warmth and the other being stiff guard hairs to help shed water. Although they are equipped with a shaggy hair coat as part of the adaptability of the breed they shed most of it in the summer months or in warmer climates. Thus making Galloway more adapted to harsher climates.