Riven Rock Farm

Heritage Galloway Cattle



Riven Rock Heritage Galloway Cattle 

Riven Rock Farm is proud to raise 100% all natural grass-fed Galloway. We have both Belted and Solid colored Galloways in our beef herd.  This heritage breed produces beef that is naturally lean, incredibly low in saturated fat, good for your health, and delicious!

Our Galloways are raised in a natural, humane, low-stress environment. They feed on lush green mountain meadows, and are completely hormone, anti-biotic and grain- free, resulting in an all natural grass fed beef product that is exceptionally tender, healthy and full of flavor- Virginia's best!

The Galloways are an ancient, heritage beef breed of cattle originating from Galloway in South West Scotland. They adapted to living on the mountain pastures and windswept, rugged terrain.   The weather and terrain here in Highland County, Virginia are very similar to the Highlands of Scotland.  So these rugged cattle are a perfect fit for our farm.

Galloways are well-suited for rough grazing land and will utilize coarse grasses other breeds would shun. They are able to maintain good condition on less than ideal pasture, and produce a high quality beef product on grass alone.  They eat all of it- and turn it into exceptional, lean, healthy beef. The USDA Cycle IV Germ Plasm Evaluation Program at the Meat Animal Research Center (MARC) showed that Galloway breeds placed at the top of the chart for flavor, juiciness and tenderness when compared to eleven other breeds.

Galloway beef has been shown in a research study conducted at the University of Guelph, Canada - to have a total fat content of about 2% an extremely low percentage. The same study showed that the Galloway Beef tested only contained about 1% saturated fat. In addition it showed that Galloway beef had the same fat content as chicken and fish so fits in well with a healthy diet. Galloway beef is exceptionally tender, full of flavor and juicy and were the winners of the 2003 Sydney Royal Show "Beef Taste Test".

Our cattle do not develop much fat under their hides; instead they have a double coat of hair consisting of a dense, soft, short undercoat and a long, shaggy overcoat, which is usually cast in hot weather. This double coat provides excellent protection in cold, wet, windy weather. In contrast, most other British beef breeds put on a thicker layer of uneconomical fat under their hides to provide the necessary insulation for protection against severe weather conditions.  

The "Belties" in our herd are often informally known as "police car cows,""panda cows" or "Oreo cows" after the Oreo cookie.   Their "oreo" coats are not only beautiful- but are very well suited to our harsh winters.  We also have the more ancient, solid Galloways, in white park, red, dun and black colorations.  These solids were the original genetic line from which the Belties originated.  All of our Galloways can handle winter weather with ease.  They would rather be outside, even when the snow is flying, than in our barn! They are a remarkable breed, that are extremely self-sufficient, just like we aspire to be here at Riven Rock Farm.



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