Galloways in Australia

Galloway Cattle imports were first recorded in Australia in 1951; however, there is evidence to suggest that the breed existed within our shores long before this.

The Late Mr H E Kater of "Swatchfield" Oberon, NSW landed 12 heifers and a bull and "Wirrialpa" Pastoral Co of Hernani, NSW, imported six heifers and two bulls during the early 1950's.

In March 1951, the Galloway Cattle Society of Australia was inaugurated with Mr H A Kater as President.

The Garnock family from "Bukalong" Bombala, NSW imported a Galloway herd consisting of five heifers and a bull in 1955.

A small importation by, Mr C J Willis, "Starvation Nob" Lietinna, Tasmania followed some years later.

The first stud in Victoria was founded by the Late Hainsworth Cock, "Amberley Park", Lower Plenty using "Bukalong" and "Swatchfield" stock.

After 1969 Northern (New South Wales) and Southern (Victoria and Tasmania) Branches of the Galloway Cattle Society of Australia were formed.

In 1971 the attributes of the Galloway carcase were brought to the attention of beef breeders throughout Australia by winning first prize on the hook in the 12-15 months Pure Bred Led Steer class. It was the first Galloway ever exhibited in the pure bred section of the Royal Melbourne Show. The Steer cut out 250kg from 395kg live weight. Then in 1972 three Galloways were entered in the pure bred fat cattle classes in a field of 88, one winning Champion steer under 12 months.

Galloway cattle breeders continue to use the hoof and hook competitions to demonstrate the benefits of the breed to the industry. The interest in the breed is growing due to the successes Galloways are having in the major shows - such as the Sydney Royal Easter Show.