Cattle Breeds

Cattle Breeds

Part of the charm of a larger homestead is that there is room for cattle. But what kind?

The answer to this question will depend primarily on why you want to keep cattle. Do you want fresh milk? Grassfed beef? Pulling power in the field? Some of each?

When choosing a breed of cattle, there are other factors to consider as well. Each breed has its own advantages and disadvantages, and what will work well for one family probably won’t suit another.

With this in mind, it is wise to learn about the history, uses, temperament, health, and pros and cons of each breed before making a selection. Hopefully our guide will answer your questions. Enjoy!

Beef Breeds

Angus

Angus

Ankole Watusi

Ankole Watusi

Belgian Blue

Belgian Blue

Black Baldy

Black Baldy

Blonde d'Aquitaine

Blonde d’Aquitaine

Braford

Braford

Brahman

Brahman

Brangus

Brangus

Charolais

Charolais

Chianina

Chianina

English Longhorn

English Longhorn

Galloway

Galloway

Hereford

Hereford

Limousin

Limousin

Senepol

Senepol

South Devon

South Devon

Texas Longhorn

Texas Longhorn

Dairy Breeds

Ayrshire

Ayrshire

Dutch Belted

Dutch Belted

Guernsey

Guernsey

Holstein

Holstein

Jersey

Jersey

Lineback

Lineback

Dual-Purpose Breeds

Devon

Devon

Highland

Highland

Normande

Normande

Randall

Randall

Red Poll

Red Poll

Shorthorn

Shorthorn

Simmental

Simmental

Tarentaise

Tarentaise

White Park

White Park

Helpful Resource

Choosing a Breed of Cattle

Choosing a Breed of Cattle
Ready to take the confusion out of selecting the right cattle breed for your family? This book will walk you through the process of defining your expectations, determining if purebred cattle are right for you, exploring the types of cattle breeds, and finding more information on your chosen breed. Features profiles of 40 breeds, including several not showcased in our online guide. Facts on origin, breed structure, population uses, weight, preferred climate, temperament, health, and production are included. Learn more here.