A Field Guide to Heritage Cattle
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Shorthorn cattle were brought into the United States as a multipurpose breed, and the Milking Shorthorn represents the pinnacle of the colonial cattle’s dairy potential. Milking Shorthorns were officially recognized as a dairy breed in 1968. Cows are known for their ability to calve on their own and for efficiently converting self-harvested forage into high-quality milk.
coat: red, white or roan
horns: small or polled
origins: northeast England
ALBC rating: watch
American Milking Shorthorn Society
800 Pleasant St.
Beloit, WI 53511-5456
Descendents of the first cattle brought to North America by Spanish explorers, Texas Longhorns were formed from a few hundred years of natural selection. These once-wild cattle know how to fend for themselves in practically any environment, exhibit unprecedented parasite and disease resistance, have remarkably long lives and produce quality beef.
coat: varies widely
origins: American Southwest
ALBC rating: not rated
Texas Longhorn Breeders Assoc. of America
P.O. Box 4430
Fort Worth, TX 76164
Jennifer Nemec, an associate editor for Grit, was raised by a cattleman and spent the first 11 years of her life watching purebred Simmental go from the pasture to the tank and back again.
Cattleman turned Grit editor Oscar “Hank” Will III looks forward to stocking his Osage County, Kansas, farm soon with at least three heritage breeds.
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