The Clydesdale is yet another breed of horse whose precise ancestry has been lost over time. We know that it hails from the Clyde Valley of Scotland, but little else becomes clear until the mid-1700s. Then three stallions came to the forefront as the founders of the breed. The first stallion was a Flemish horseContinue reading “Clydesdale”
Although the Cleveland Bay horse originated in the late 1600s and developed into its present form in the 1700s, its roots go back to the Middle Ages. Traveling salesmen, called chapmen, used the breed’s forebears to carry their goods across the Cleveland area of northeast Yorkshire. These versatile pack horses also could double as farmhands, andContinue reading “Cleveland Bay”
When pulling power is needed, the Belgian is a good candidate, whatever the details of the job might be.
Too many horse breed encyclopedias neglect the breeds that have originated in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. They are thorough enough, containing numerous foreign breeds that most Americans will never see, but they overlook the amazing and useful horses right under our noses. If you want to learn more about the horse breeds foundContinue reading “Storey’s Illustrated Guide to 96 Horse Breeds of North America”
The varied livestock breeds of the world have fascinating histories and characteristics. Many country living enthusiasts have spent enjoyable hours researching their favorite breeds. One good source of information is the Breeds of Livestock site put together by Oklahoma State University. This is a handy online encyclopedia-type reference packed with facts about both popular andContinue reading “Breeds of Livestock”
Climate will determine whether a Bos taurus taurus or a Bos taurus indicus is right for you.
Is it time to trade in the tractor for a draft team? You be the judge.
A rising demand for lean beef has created an ideal niche for the Texas Longhorn to fill.
The Simmental is now one of the top breeds in America, as well as one of the most popular breeds of cattle in the world.
Shorthorns have found niches in crossbreeding programs, and the milking type has won a place on grass-based dairy farms across the country.