We chose to raise Galloway cattle because they are thick boned, short limbed, long bodied, and small headed. They are naturally polled which means they are born without horns. Galloway hair is think and double layered, which provides exquisite insulation and water shedding ability. This bodes well for our climate. Surprisingly, once Galloway cattle shed their winter coat, the second layer does well with warmer climates. The 4000 hairs per square inch is something to be boasted about! Traditionally, Galloway cattle markings are highly varied, including brindled. Today Galloway are black, red, dun, and white. Belted Galloway cattle, although similar, are black, red, or dun with a white stripe around the midsection. At the Killpecker Creek Cattle Co., we raise Belted Galloways, simply because they are cute, delicious and are great for our environment!
What sets Killpecker Creek Cattle Co. apart from industrial meat farming? By having a medium size herd we are able to create a connection with the cow to know a about its personal history. Because our meat is grass FINISHED, it goes strait from the supplier to the consumer which allows for the most fresh and nutrient meat. Plus, when cattle are given an only-grass-diet, they are full on essential vitamins, rich minerals and have a healthy ratio of Omega 3- Omega 6 fatty acids. When conventional meat is given a grain-fed diet, it creates problems in their gut, off balancing the Omega 6 fatty acids which can lead to disease or obesity. These cows are also kept in feed lots where they have little room to move dance play and be happy. They also have a problem with water degradation via livestock waste which can easily spread diseases. So in our eyes, grass fed is the way to go!
As environmental enthusiasts, its important that we share a bit about our land stewardship and easement. Its our promise that we are always striving to do our best to improve the land, cattle, biodiversity, air, and water! We pride ourselves on improving the ranch as a whole, so when one input is doing well, so is the rest. Everything starts in the soil, so by keeping our soil covered with matter (cover crops and cow dung), the soil stays moist and doesn't lose water as fast. This also improves the microbes in the soil, making them happy, and keeping our roots strong. So as we keep our water near the top of the soil, the need for irrigation is not imperative. Since 2013 when we bought the property, we have noticed grass improvement, cooler temperatures in the soil and a larger biodiversity. By rotating the cattle onto new grass daily, they are able to eat the top third of the plant, where the sugar, protein and nutrients are, while leaving the rest of the plant enough energy to regrow! For more information on the grazing technique please pick the links below!