Santa Gertrudis Cattle

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The basics:
The Santa Gertrudis breed was named after the location where it was developed, the Rincon de Santa Gertrudis land grant in Kingville, Texas. The breed descends from a cross of a carefully monitored cross of Shorthorns and Brahmans since 1910. The Santa Gertrudis, 5/8 Shorthorn and 3/8 Brahman, was recognized as a purebred in 1940. Because of its adaptability to all types of weather, from hot and humid to desert conditions, the Santa Gertrudis is raised in many places from Canada to South America, and is used in various crossbreeding programs worldwide.

Appearance / health:
The Santa Gertrudis cattle are solid cherry red in color. Because of the dark color and Brahman skin (thick hide with sweat glands, complete with loose folds of skin around the neck and chest), they are heat and tick resistant. The body is well muscled, providing quality beef; mothering ability, calving ease, excellent weight gains, and quality milk make the breed a favored livestock.

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.

Behavior / temperament:
Cattle are docile animals that have strong maternal instincts. They are big and bulky, and could, therefore, inflict harm without intending to. Handling and brushing them constantly while juvenile will help train them to be calm and trusting around humans, which is helpful especially when they need to be attended to by the veterinarian or groomer.

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.


good forager, nice red coat, harsh environments, prime beef cattle, resistant breed


occasional temper issues


Good Beginner Breed, regular checkups, awesome nursing ability, salt block

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Santa Gertrudis Cattle

From JKinsey Mar 3 2014 7:39PM


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