The Hereford is one of the most widely used beef breeds worldwide and is especially favored in tough range conditions. However, it is mostly used in crossbreeding.
The Guernsey is primarily a dairy breed, one of the favorite choices of self-sustaining family farms and direct marketers of grassfed dairy products.
One of the first specialized beef breeds in the world, the English Longhorn is now extremely rare.
This sweet, hardy dairy cow may be best known for looks, but it is well suited to serious pasture-based dairying.
The Devon is a good choice for small farms, and it has potential in conservation grazing, the practice of improving native grasslands with livestock.
The giant white ox of Italy has profoundly impacted the American beef industry, but not without consequences.
The Brahman is a beef breed, although purebreds are rarely slaughtered for meat. Instead, the breed is used to create a number of customized crosses, especially in the South.
Because of its efficiency in grass-based dairying, the Ayrshire is becoming increasingly popular with organic farmers.