Belties below the Wainstones

Belted Galloways, bred to survive on the moors and uplands of South West Scotland, are aptly suited to the rough pastures below the Wainstones on Hasty Bank. They take their name from the distinctive white belt. Their coarse hair easily sheds rain and snow and an underlayer of softer hair provides insulation during the winter months. Belties don’t have any horns, instead they have a bone knob at the top of the head called a poll. Although bracken is unpalatable to them Belted Galloways are often grazed on bracken infested pasture where their heavy hooves break up and weaken the rhizomes.

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