BueLingo Cattle

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Other common names: BueLingo Beef Cattle; Dutch Buelingo

The basics:
The BueLingo Cattle is a new beef cattle breed which was developed in the 1980's in Ransom County, North Dakota by Russell Bueling and R. B. Danielson of the Animal Science Department of the North Dakota State University at Fargo. The goal was to produce a breed which possessed low birth weights, fast growth and quality carcasses.

BueLingo Cattle can be polled or horned. The most visible characteristic of the BueLingo is the broad white belt that completely encircles the body, and which makes it resemble Dutch Belted Cattle.

According to the BueLingo Beef Cattle Society, "The BueLingo is a composite breed, though not a specific “per cent” mix as are the Brangus and Santa Gertrudis. The distinctive belt is largely derived from the Dutch Belt dairy cattle. The early BueLingo borrowed genetics from the Scotch Highland, the Belted Galloway, the Angus, the Limousin, and the Shorthorn cattle. The prominent early influence of the Angus, Limousin, and Shorthorn persists among the current examples of the breed."

Appearance / health:
According to the BueLingo Beef Cattle Society, "The BueLingo is a moderate breed with a desired frame size between five and six. The preferred adult female weighs between 1,000 and 1,200 pounds and has a hip height of 53-55 inches. The preferred adult male weighs between 1,800 and 2,000 pounds with a hip height of 58-60 inches. Birth weights typically vary between 65-80 pounds."

Like other livestock, cattle require regular vaccinations and inoculations (for example, rabies inoculations) for disease prevention and health management. Similar to other mammals, cows can suffer a variety of ailments and health issues. A veterinarian should be on call and provide regular checkups and monitoring for the entire herd.

Housing / diet:
Housing for cattle is essentially to give them shelter from extreme weather conditions. Barns, rub-in sheds, stalls, and other structures like windbreaks, should be available where the cows graze. Aside from manmade shelters, trees and tall bushes can provide resting places for cattle to minimize heat stroke or wind chill.

Shelters will give the cows the option to seek safe haven from strong winds, extreme heat or cold, and heavy rains. Shelters should be strong, stable, spacious, well ventilated, and waterproof. Barns should be provided with water supply, and stalls should be lined with hay. They should also be cleaned regularly.

Sprinklers and other cooling systems are recommended for areas that overheat during summer months. Professional and humane fencing should be provided. All poisonous plants should be removed from the pasture; and hay should always be kept dry (wet hay grows molds, becoming a health hazard for cows).

A good quality pasture for grazing is the basic dietary requirement of cattle. The recommended pasture size per cow is 10 acres, without which, the diet should be supplemented with hay. The recommended quantity of hay is an average of 2% of the animal’s body weight per day (or 2 lbs. of hay per 100 lbs. of body weight). Supplements include grain mixes, protein and mineral cubes, and salt blocks, depending on the type of cow, its uses, and the local climate.

Providing a constant supply of fresh water is essential. An adult cow consumes an estimate of up to 20 gallons of water per day.


meat, Excellent beef producers, younger people, good milk producers, Gentle disposition


halter, characteristic white belt, pretty cold winters

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