Ironbark Farm Animal Sign

“BOVINE FRIENDS with dark starts and finishes and a milky way belt live on a farm with retirees and frequent nuptial revelries. It's the light in the midde that accentuates the beginning and 'the end', whether which way the animal bends.” Author Unknown

Belted Galloway cattle (or ‘Belties’, also often nicknamed ‘Oreo cows’ in the US) have their origins in Scotland, where they have been bred for so many years that no one knows for certain just how they got their black and white coloring. With all the same general characteristics as the solid colored Galloways apart from their striking white ‘belt’, they are regarded as having superior milking quality. This could perhaps point to an origin in the north of Holland, where the Lakenvelder cow has been bred, which has a broad white belt like the Galloway and is a fine milking cow. It’s possible that when William of Orange came over from Holland in 1689, some Lakenvelder cows came along too, to provide the English royal family with milk, and at some point there was a crossing with the black Galloway, resulting in the beginnings of the Belted Galloway.

Whatever its origins, this distinctive breed has become a favorite, not only because of its distinctive appearance, but also for its long , coarse outer hair that helps shed the rain, together with its soft insulating undercoat that allows it to survive quite happily outside all winter. Naturally polled (hornless), Belties are also known for their long life span as well.

The Belted Galloways on Ironbark’s farm sign were hand sculpted and added on to a hand painted panel. The main text and groove were carved and gilded with 23kt gold leaf.

Carved & Gilded / Painted
Sculpted & Painted Add on / Flat Painted Background
Sign Size
36 " x 42 "