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The Most Preferred Cattle Breeds in MilkingCloud

Cattle breeds differ from each other with milk and beef yield. Here are the most recorded breeds by our farmers and best breeds for dairy and beef breeders.

13 Apr 2021   |    MilkingCloud, Holstein, Cattle Breeds, Brown Swiss, Angus, Hereford

The Most Preferred Cattle Breeds in MilkingCloud Herd Management System

Using the right breeds in cattle farming is very fundamental and vital. Although some breeds are in the "combined" class ,which defines the cattle having both a satisfactory amount of milk and meat yield, selected breeds are better for specified yields so that some breeds are perfect for dairy and some are great for beef. In this context, our breeders, who use our smart herd management software, also benefit from different breeds for meat and milk yield. Our breeders, who manage their businesses worldwide, prefer Holstein with 72.7%, Simmental with 18.5%, Brown Swiss with 2% and hybrid breeds with 2% in dairy farms. For beef farms, our breeders prefer Charolais with 48%, Limousin with 22%, Simmental with 12% and Montbéliarde with 10%. These breeds have started to be bred in various regions and many of them have become the preferred breeds around the world. Apart from these, we will evaluate 10 breeds that are preferred by farmers worldwide, which have high yield and potential, under the beef and dairy categories.



BEST CATTLE BREEDS FOR DAIRY


Holstein-Friesian (Up to 53 liters yield per day)


Holstein-Friesian is a dairy cattle breed originating in North Holland and Friesland. It is a very large breed, yet relatively calm and stands out with black and white spotting markings. It has been preferred for a long time. They are highly valued for their milk-producing capacity. In the United States, Holstein-Friesians outnumber all other dairy breeds and produce nine-tenths of the milk supply. However, milk has a relatively low butter content.



Brown Swiss (Up to 30 liters yield per day)


The Brown Swiss is a cattle breed native to Switzerland and is probably one of the oldest breeds to exist. While these cattle are classified as a dairy breed in the United States, they are generally considered a combined breed elsewhere, as they are heavier, bony, and thicker meat texture than other dairy breeds. The color of the coat varies from light brown or gray to dark shades. They are good and continuous milkers that produce milk with average fat content compared to other dairy cattle breeds. This breed is preferred in Italy, Austria, Hungary, United States, Mexico and South American countries. It is a durable breed and is not affected by temperature changes.

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Fleckvieh (Simmental) (Up to 25,4 liters yield per day)


Simmental accounts for almost half of the cattle of the western regions of Switzerland, Austria and Germany. Simental, smaller than Charolais and Limousin, has been used for milk, beef and draft. It is yellowish brown or red with characteristic white markings. It is one of the most common breeds. Since it is a combined breed, it can be used in both beef and milk. Due to its high adaptability, it is not affected by whether conditions.


Ayrshire (Up to 24,6 liters yield per day)


Ayrshire cattle is a dairy cattle breed from Ayrshire in southwestern Scotland. The adult Ayrshire cow weighs between 450 and 600 kilograms. They typically have red and white markings. It can range from a shade of red and orange to dark brown. They are known for their ability to efficiently turn grass into milk. The current strengths of the breed are its easy calving and long life. This breed has a very smooth breast structure.


Dairy Shorthorn (Up to 22 liters yield per day)


The Shorthorn, also called Durham, is another dual-purpose cattle breed. The Dairy Shorthorn was developed in the last quarter of the 18th century through selective breeding of local cattle in the Teeswater area of Durham County, England. Average of a Dairy Shorthorn cow is between 640-680 kg. They are known for their short horns, predominantly white-red and mixed feathers. We can say that the nutritional value of milk is average.


Montbéliarde (Up to 21 liters yield per day)


Montbéliarde is a dairy cattle breed that is distributed from the Montbéliard region of Eastern France. It is mainly used in dairy and especially cheese making. Animals are red mottled, white-headed and short-horned. Mature cows weigh 600-700 kg and stand about 145 cm tall at their shoulders, and mature bulls weigh 900-1,200 kg. Milk is particularly suitable for cheese making due to the high density of kappa casein BB variants and provides higher cheese yield.

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BEST CATTLE BREEDS FOR BEEF


Hereford


It is named from the Hereford Valley in England. Weight for bulls is 900-1250 kg, for cows 600-750 kg. It is red-brown in color. Head, neck, forehead, underbelly, foot joints and tail feathers are white. They live calmly and peacefully. It has strong muscle, bone and nail structures. The beef quality is high and the meat is very soft.


Angus


It originates from Scotland. The current Angus breed with high beef quality and weight was obtained by crossing cattle breeds from Aberdeenshire and Angus regions. Its most important feature is the quality of its meat. It allows the production of better quality meat compared to other meat breeds, because the meat-fat ratio is low. While the fat rate reaches 35-56% in other races, this rate is around 6-7% in Angus. Males can weigh up to 1100 kg. For females, this number is around 700 kg. Its colors are black and red.


Limousin


It takes its name from the Limousin region of France. At the same time, their long appearance enabled them to carry this name. It is suitable for herd thanks to its very comfortable and calm structure. Ease of birth is at the forefront. It can reach 650-800 kg in females and 1000-1300 kg in males. It is usually light or dark red, rarely seen black.


Charolais


It got its name from the Charolais region in France. It is predominantly light in color and has a density of yellow and white tones. Average weight is between 1200-1400kg for bulls and 800-950kg for cows. It is resistant to harsh weather conditions. It has fast weight gain and development features. Meat is low in fat and superior quality of meat makes it a perfect beef breed.

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