Belted Galloways have an extra thick coat in winter so they don't have as much fat as other breeds, this is a great advantage as the meat is extremely lean. Due to that fact it is a good idea to add a small amount of olive oil to the pan when you are cooking Beltie hamburger. Roasts and steaks need to be cooked slowly on a lower heat than most beef, this helps retain moisture.
Even grain fed Belted Galloway beef is higher in protein, calcium and CLA, but lower in cholesterol, saturated fats and calories than regular beef, with Grass-fed Belted Galloway meat being even healthier.
As well as the health benefits of the meat, Belties are also good for our local environment. They are like the goats of the cattle world and often browse on such undesirable plants as buckthorn, honeysuckle and blackberry stands. Many overgrown areas on the farm have been reclaimed by the Belties opening up the canopy enabling grass to cover the once bare soil and for the last two summers Sandhill Cranes have nested in the grassland created by the cattle.
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Like Belties, Yaks survival in severe winters depend upon a thick coat, like Belties they also have lean meat that is much healthier to consume than regular beef.
Yak meat is healthier to eat than most fish or skinless chicken while being higher in protein, minerals and vitamins than beef. It has between 3 to 5% fat, but is still moist due to the high concentration of Omega 3 oils, CLA's [Conjugated Linoleic Acids], Oleic Acids,and Stearic Acids. It has 35% more of these healthy fats than regular beef. As an added health bonus the fat in Yak meat has 30% less Palmitic Acid [which is bad for us].
Yaks are well adapted to survive on poor forage, requiring about 1/3 the amount of food as comparative sized cattle. In their native land they are used for meat, milk, fiber, hides and as pack animals. A fascinating creature, they are curious but can be wary of strangers, while being at ease with familiar people.
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Statistics on Yak meat
Wikipedia article on Yaks