Although still one of the most endangered cattle breeds in America, the Randall lives on.
With a long history of producing gourmet food, no wonder that France was the country of origin of cattle like the Normande.
The Jersey is a favorite both as a family cow and as a breed for direct marketing and organic production
The purebred Holstein is exclusively a dairy breed and is primarily suited to large commercial operations.
Although it makes a good pet, tourist attraction, or photographer's model, the Highland has so much more to offer homesteaders and organic beef producers.
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.