The Jamaican Red Poll was developed in Jamaica by crossing imported Red Poll Cattle bulls with native creole and Zebu cows. The goal was to create a beef breed which could tolerate heat stress, be disease resistant and be a good forager.
The Jamaican Red Poll Cattle was designated as a distinct breed in 1953, and has been exported to Latin American and Caribbean countries.
great heat resistance, beef production, hornless cow, great disease hardiness
medium sized cow, relatively calm breed, red color, Indian Brahman
Loving your food (The Jamaican Red Poll)
The Jamaican Red is a cross between the Indian Brahman and imported Red Polls from England. It is a polled, hornless cow. The breed combines great disease hardiness with great heat resistance and beef production. The Jamaican red was genetically engineered by a local scientist; Dr. T. P Lecky O.M., O.B.E, Bsc., Ph.D.(1904 - 1994). The breed was officially presented in 1952.
The Jamaican Red Poll is highly resistant to tick and other forms of disease. Its red color makes it resistant to heat and it can survive in areas with poor forage, still producing good quantities of meet and milk. Just as envisioned the Red is a medium sized cow (up to.. 2000lbs bulls, 1200lbs cows) and a bit easier to handle. This cow can be reared in your backyard on a small scale. It is a relatively calm breed and easy to handle, but if they don't like you, there gonna let you know. -- FYI they don't like to be stared at. This could bring a charge, ask my cousin Mike --.
First calving age is about 2 1/2 years to 3 years. Thereafter a spacing of 12 months(approx). All in all the Jamaican Red Poll is quite hardy and is a good addition to any tropical farm..
From anunimus Jul 9 2014 7:14AM