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Holstein Cattle

Overall satisfaction

4/5

Acquired: Bred animal myself

Gender: Female

Appearance

4/5

Temperament

5/5

Health

3/5

Growth rate

4/5

Tolerance for heat

3/5

Tolerance for cold

3/5

Calving ease

5/5

America's Holsteins

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Virginia, United States

Posted Aug 03, 2012


Holsteins
are easily recognizable by their somewhat uncommon colors of Black
and White, or Red and White, along with their unique, “inkblot”
markings. These distinctive cattle are also well known for their
milk producing qualities. Since Holsteins are “dairy cows”, they
are typically thinner and “bonier” that cattle raised for beef.
Their heads and noses are longer, and, they are laughably said to
have “funnel-butts”. You cannot mistake a Holstein from any
other type of cow!


They
originally were bred as a livestock resource that can easily feed on
grass, rather than grain. Then, shortly after the discovery of
America back in the earlier part of the 1500's, we began to perfect
the breed into the highly producing milkers that they are today.

Owners
and Breeders of heifers will usually schedule them to calve at around
2 years old, largely due to their short life span expectancy.
Although a lot of other different breed of cow live much longer,
Holsteins only average a brief six year life. They have the same
gestation period as humans, believe it or not, at around nine months.
The major difference is that their offspring are considerably
larger, born slightly less than 100 pounds. They can average around
1500 lbs in adulthood.

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