© Dave Franciosy
Showing News 2015
We are hoping to get some more Galloways out to shows this year. Both Belties and Riggits are now regularly shown at many of the South West shows, by Alison and Harriet Bunning, John Coaker, and Patrick and Darlene Ford amongst others.
Alison is looking forward to bringing young Finlay out - the bull calf born to Dory last summer. He is growing well, and once you get your hands in his shaggy coat, he feels like he will make a tremendous animal - watch this space!
Another first to watch out for will be the possible appearance of Karin's heifer calf Athena at foot to her mother. Athena is a stunning Red Riggit born last year and this could be the beginning of another show career.
For copies, contact 01398 351165 or email Alison Bunning
The Secretary has had semen collected from
Clifton Red Pride. 'Pride' is out of a registered red Galloway cow,
by Clifton Dougal (black Riggit). He's stamping a good proportion
of marked calves (some of whom have already had success in the show
ring), has a tremendous coat and very good beefy carcase traits. Contact
Anton Coaker 01364 631276 or email
The Hatherland Mill Show team are going from strength
to strength this year. Having started at Devon County, which we all
enjoyed, with a 5th and 7th Alison then went to Bath & West where
the pair seen opposite got a first and went on to lift the Interbreed
Pairs Championship. Last week saw us all getting wet at Royal Cornwall
but despite the weather Dory got a 1st and Reserve Champion in Any
Other Native Pure Breed Class. Three Counties Show resulted in 1st
and 3rd in the Any Other Beef Breed class and Championship in rare
Our first meeting in 2007 was held in Dumfries, hosted by Anne Bell who has the Clifton herd.
Next year we went to Devon and Cornwall, visiting our Secretary, Anton Coaker, on Dartmoor to see his Sherberton herd. the following day Colin Nankervis in West Penwith showed us his Amal herd.
In 2009 the Society was invited to Gloucestershire for a tour of our patron HRH The Prince of Wales' home farm near Tetbury. We also viewed David Howard's Dunragit herd.
2010 found us in Northumberland in glorious weather visiting the Over The Wall herd of Tim Oliver and the Dunragit herd again after its move North.
2011 we visited Tim Wilson and Sarah Clubley in
Yorkshire who run The Ginger Pig butcher shops and have started to
breed Riggits. Food superb!
2013 and yet another memorable outing. This time to the Richardson's farms on the Cumbria/Yorks borders - proper hill country with a fabulous array of Galloways (and even more delicious food)
2014 saw us venture east to Suffolk. Hosted by Jeremy Perkins, it included a visit to the Racehorse stud at Newmarket, as well as seeing Jeremy's stunning Red and Riggit Galloways.
This summer a group of intrepid explorers ventured to deepest Dorset to see one Riggit cow and her heifer. Not sure why that took my husband 2 days, if anyone would like to do a proper report then do email it to Ali G.
South West Beef Expo
13th November 2014
The November beef fair at Exeter proved successful again, with the RGCS sharing stand space with the Belted Galloway Cattle Society. The Secretary and Alison Bunning brought Riggit, Belted and White Galloway cattle along, and several members came along to alternatively man the stand, tend the cattle and test the produce in the ale tent. The Secretary admits some of his cattle were rodeoed off the hill the afternoon before the event, but they behaved impeccably- unlike some breeds-, and that despite a hurricane trying to loft the whole marquee into space!