Glenkelso Connor Offer


In the Summer 2020 President’s Bulletin I had an article on the death of Maureen Mewton and her burial with John Mewton’s ashes. They were the founders of Glenkelso Galloways. They were breeders having impeccable honesty and integrity.

Glenkelso Galloway beef found consistent, ready outlet into Victorian high-end beef outlets  and restaurants. Their success was founded on the use of 100% Galloway genetics in an essentially closed herd, strict selection of bulls for traditional Galloway characteristics and  then a selection process based on weight gain. In fact up to the time of John’s death, Glenkelso had operated a selection process for longer than any other Galloway producer.

According to John, the pinnacle of their breeding was a bull named Glenkelso Connor.

glenkelso connor

Connor was a big, very well muscled, growthy bull. He was king of his own paddock and  would not let another bull into a paddock he was in, regardless of the presence of cows. His semen progeny and embryos have been well received in Canada for their traditional  Galloway carcase qualities. Connor’s pedigree contains a who’s who of traditional meaty Galloways including one Big Tinderry Geordie, a massive bull that heavily influenced  member John Bridge’s father’s herd. Another bull featuring prominently in Connors pedigree is Repute of Castle Milk. The Castle Milk herd was one of my favourites when I lived in Scotland.

Connor is no longer with us but his semen is. Anthony Rowley, Galloways Australia’s  founding member, holds Glenkelso Connor’s semen in Holbrook, NSW. Because Connor was such a significant bull, Anthony would like to see Connor’s influence  spread more widely within the Galloways Australia community. So with Anthony’s assistance and supported by John Bridge, Galloways Australia is offering free semen to
Galloways Australia members and at a price of $10/straw for Galloways Australia associates.

The semen should only be used for stud purposes. There is a limit of 10 straws per  member/associate, semen transport, personal storage and insemination costs reside with the member/associate. Galloways Australia reserves the right to fund progeny GeneStar  testing. There are limited straws available.


A condition of accepting Connor’s semen will be registering progeny in the Galloways Australia Herdbook’s Galloway Section and providing the following information:

  • Inseminated animal ID and age,
  • Date of insemination, provision of insemination certificate where provided,
  • Calving date, any calving difficulties, birth weight or estimate,
  •  200 day weight and 400 day weight if applicable,
  • Where applicable live weight/carcase weight at slaughter and meat quality details.

Semen requests are to be made to John Bridge who will also co-ordinate gathering of above  information. Contact John at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Mobile 0404 808 894.

Glenkelso Connor progeny would be idea for carcase competitions particularly grass fed competitions such as Lardner Park.

There is no restriction on people joining Galloways Australia, other than normal membership requirements, to take advantage of this semen offer.

For Sale - Standard Galloways




 Not for Sale, example only


For Sale - Kindra Galloway - (28/06/2021)

Unfortunately due to ongoing university commitments and needing to reduce their herd size, Kindra Galloways has the following animal for sale.

Minto Lizze

A 5 year old registered silver Galloway cow.  A great mother with good genetics who was the dam to Kindra Quincy.

Delivery can be arranged at a fair price for all animals

Contact Regan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


For Sale - Monreith Galloway - Orange (22/07/2020)

Monreith Galloways have a number of 100% Galloways for sale. All animals are registerd with Galloways Australia.

Start your registered Galloway herd, or purchase fantastic genetics to kickstart your commerical operations.

Animals for sale include:

  • Registered Cows PTIC to show topping bulls (Monreith King William and Minto Marlon). Both black and dun available.
  • Young heifers – black and dun
  • Steers to grow out

Animals share blood lines with our show topping show team from the last couple of years.

Recent Awards include

Monreith King William       Monreith Menai

Supreme Exhibit at Galloway Feature Show at Royal Canberra 2019
Also at the feature show:

  • Champion Calf Female
  • Reserve Champion Heifer
  • Senior and Reserve Senior Champion cow
  • Junior Champion Bull

Senior Champion Cow Royal Canberra 2018
Grand Champion Female Royal Bathurst 2018
Grand Champion Bull Royal Bathurst 2018

Supreme Exhibit Royal Sydney 2017

Grand Champion Bull and Grand Champion Cow at Royal Canberra 2017
Call Jason on 0417 234 834 to discuss options for a grand start to your Galloway stud, or high quality bloodlines for a commercial operation

Slynfolde / Binalong NSW - 0411456 331 (1/2/2020)

Solid Black Galloways Cows joined to white Galloway Bull. For more information call Henry on 0411456 331

For Sale (Galloway) – Yass NSW

 Commercil heifers and cow calf units for sale. Also registered and commercial Minto Galloway Bulls, dun and silver dun, excellent genetics; quality at reasonable prices. Yass, NSW area.

Delivery at reasonable rates.

Phone Greg Stuart (02) 6230 2536


For Sale (Standard Galloway and Galloway X) - Hunter Valley NSW

Weaners 100-190kg, females and steers, mainly black, mainly 100% Galloway. Can be sorted into lots by weight, sex, colour etc. Contact Greg 0417 209 660


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Drought Feeding Strategies

Excerpts from an article written by:
Ian Sawyer, Weston Animal Nutrition

It is a great article for anyone looking at their feeding strategies during drought.

Drought Feeding Strategies

The Rumen is the basis of all pasture-based agriculture. This is because cows and sheep themselves are not capable of digesting the fibrous component of pasture and forage. Fortunately they have rumens and rumen bugs that do this on their behalf!

The Rumen is a large fermentation vat filled with fluid and a vast array of microbes. It is these microbes that are the key digesters of the fibre component of forages (basically cellulose), and it is these bugs that allow our grazing creatures to eat feedstuffs that humans , poultry and other monogastric (single stomach) animals cant handle (again think cellulose) .

The array of microbes in the rumen is huge, and there are other bugs that digest starch, others for sugar etc. The principle is the same in each case however. The bugs adhere to particles of food and gradually erode or mine out the digestible bits. These digestible bits are converted to organic acids. These are good acids, which the animal can use as an energy source.

This fermentation process sounds like money for jam… but it has a cost as well. It could be said that ruminants upgrade low quality feeds, but downgrade high quality feeds! There is stuff that even the rumen bugs can’t handle. This revolves around a plant component called lignin, which is indigestible. The older and crappier your forage the more lignin it has. The more lignin it has the less digestible and lower in energy it is.

Digestibility and speed of digestion of common feeds




Speed of digestion (hours)













Good clover





Good grass





Poor hay              










High NDF means slow passage, low digestibility, and low energy. It means longer to take the next bite. IT MEANS LOW INTAKE AND LOTS OF ENERGY JUST FOR PROCESS OF DIGESTION.

Low NDF means fast passage, high digestibility, and higher energy. It means faster to take the next bite. IT MEANS HIGHER INTAKE AND LESS ENERGY JUST FOR PROCESS OF DIGESTION.


This is the big issue when managing dry matter intake and energy availability. It is far more important then the actual energy decline. Cattle for example can eat 1.2% of body weight as NDF to reach gut fill. The higher the NDF of a product the less they can fit in. Couple this with a decline in energy and you start to see why stock go back ward as quality declines even if availability/volume is adequate.

The impact of maintenance on feed requirements

Maintenance is a hidden cost to most producers. No cheques are written, but it places a large burden on the producer to supply tucker that is non-productive and essentially fixed cost. Maintenance loads daily can be calculated fairly accurately. Below are quick calculations that work out the daily requirement for maintenance expressed in Megajoules/day.

Sheep Cattle

Maintenance=(1.8+ (0.1 times BW)) times 1.2 

Maintenance =((8.3+0.091 times BW) times 1.2)

50kg lamb

(1.8 + 0.1 *50) *1.2

= 8MJ/day

400kg heifer

(8.3+ 0.91 *400) *1.2


0n 8Mj/kj hay

=1kj/day for maintenance

on 8MJ/kj hay

=7kg/day for maintenance 

Note: The 1.2 is essentially a 20% allowance for activity, and in Australia our stock must walk!

It is a heap of feed, and until they fulfil that need they don’t allocate tucker towards growth and production.

Putting on weight using lower quality feeds takes about 50MJ to put on a kg of body weight. It is always more efficient to feed for gain then just for maintenance. Maintenance alone means a considerable investment for zero return. Production feeding sees a modest extra amount of feed contributing to growth after the maintenance load is paid for.

If you are going to feed, make a good fist of it. It you don’t want to feed then sell the stock up front.

Early weaning calves

You have a mob of cows and calves. The season is crook. The cows are average and slipping in condition. The calves are a pain in the backside, but you are concerned that weaning them will see the little bugger’s crash. Likewise you know that if you don’t wean them then the fertility of the cows will be compromised by poor body condition. This risks next year’s income.  What’s going on, what do you do?

Firstly, you have to manage cow condition. “Negative energy balance” is what she is experiencing. That means she putting out more energy to the calf, maintenance and exercise then she can take in feed. This occurs in beef enterprises in poor years. In a good period she can meet demands. In dairy cows that produce 40-50 litres/day it can and does occur in premium pasture and supplement with 20 kg total intake.  While a cow is in negative energy balance she is unlikely to cycle. Her whole physiology says “don’t do it…mother the little one at foot, don’t partition energy to another pregnancy”.  The biggest burden on the cow is the calf.  If you take it away, she gets into positive energy balance, she cycles and next years income is once more secure. So the first answer is YES WEAN THEM!

Weaning calves at 100-150 kg is pretty standard practice in dairy, and has been for ages. Weaning occurs commonly at 6 weeks, and can be as young as 3-4 weeks.  The secret is not to wean off milk onto crappy forage. The weaning process must move them off milk onto a high nutrient value supplement with some forage available to get rumen function happening. We have shown that low energy high NDF forages inhibit intake. Calves have a small underdeveloped rumen, so they struggle even more with these low quality forages. Give them a high energy / high protein ration however and they can consume plenty to allow them to grow without a post weaning crash.

Specifically consider your 150 kg calf:

Maintenance is 26MJ, allow 25mj for gain = total 51Mj.

You can’t do it on hay alone. They fill up the gut on 3 kg, and barely make maintenance.

Low fibre pellets take up little gut space, but contribute a lot of energy.

It can be done simply and successfully. Always Group calves if possible on weight to prevent bullying and ensure consistent intake.

Sources of supplementary feeds- The grain Vs Pellet/Nut debate

Grain Pellets


Price usually cheaper then compounded feeds

No further processing

High energy level , low fibre

Normally designed with buffers and safety in mind

Disadvantages Contain minerals

Wheat/triticale/barley have fast fermenting starch, a bit dangerous

Can have higher protein options

Requires some processing usually


Low protein levels

Normally at premium to grain

Low mineral levels