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Belted Galloway Cattle
2014-07-09 14:58:14

The Belted Galloway is a breed of beef cattle developed in Galloway, Scotland. The exact origin is unknown, but the white belt of the breed sets it apart from the native black Galloway. Which may be a result of being crossed with the Dutch Lakenvelder belted cattle. A herd book was started in 1852 that included the Galloway, however breeders established their own herd book in 1878. The Dun...

Belgian Blue Cattle
2014-07-09 14:37:46

The Belgian Blue is a breed of beef cattle originating in Belgium. It was developed in the 1800s by crossbreeding local cattle with a Shorthorn breed from the United Kingdom. It is quite possible that the Charolais cattle was also used in the development of the Belgian Blue. A modern breed of the Belgian blue was developed in the 1950s by Professor Hanset while working at an artificial...

Ayrshire Cattle
2014-07-09 14:00:00

The Ayrshire  is a breed of dairy cattle that originated in Ayrshire, south west Scotland. It was traditionally known as the Dunlop or Cunninghame and were exported all over the world. In New Zealand the Ayrshire is still known as the Dunlop. Ayrshire cattle are frequently bred with Holstein cattle to improve the Holstein’s fertility. The cow is known for its ability to convert grass into...

Australian Milking Zebu Cattle
2014-07-09 13:49:54

The Australian Milking Zebu (AMZ) is a breed of dairy cattle that originated in Australia in the 1950s. It was developed by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) by crossbreeding the Sahiwal and Red Sindhi cattle from Pakistan with Jersey cattle. A small amount of Illawarra, Guernsey and Friesian blood was introduced as well. It was bred specifically to be...

Australian Friesian Sahiwal Cattle
2014-07-09 13:39:58

The Australian Friesian Sahiwal is a breed of dairy cattle that originated in Australia. It was developed in the 1960s by the Queensland Government by crossbreeding the Sahiwal dairy breed from Pakistan and the Holstein breed from tropical Australia. The cows produce about 790 gallons of milk per lactation period in tropical pasture conditions. The breed is resistant to heat, humidity, ticks...

Australian Charbray Cattle
2014-07-09 12:40:07

The Australian Charbray is a breed of beef cattle that originated in Australia. It was developed by crossing the Charolais and Brahman breeds. Most Australian Charbray are about 75 percent Charolais and 25 percent Brahman. It is a large breed, very muscular with loose skin, possibly by being introduced to Bos indicus blood. It has a cream to light red color as an adult. The calf is usually...

Booted bantam
2014-07-07 13:59:59

The booted bantam, also known as the Dutch booted bantam or the sablepoot, is a breed of bantam chicken that is thought to have been developed in Belgium or the Netherlands. It is so closely related to the Belgian bearded d’Uccle that some suggest the same breeder developed it during the twentieth century, while others suggest that it has been present in the Netherlands since the sixteenth...

2014-07-07 11:22:23

The Sorraia is breed of horse that is native to Portugal on the Iberian Peninsula. Although its exact origin is unknown, it is known to have developed in southern portions of this area, but only first became recognized by the scientific world in the twentieth century. One theory regarding its origin suggests that it is a descendent of a wild horse that once inhabited the area, while another...

2014-07-07 08:37:24

The leghorn is a breed of domestic chicken that was developed in Italy, although its exact origin is unknown. The breed was first exported to North America during the nineteenth century, where it was first called the leghorn in 1865, and was accepted into the American Poultry Association as an official breed in 1874. Originally, the breed came in three color varieties, but more color...

2014-07-07 08:28:21

The Wyandotte is a breed of domestic chicken that was developed in the United States of America sometime during the nineteenth century. It is a medium sized chicken that has a rose comb and yellow legs. There is a bantam type of the breed that is recognized by the American Bantam Association, although these vary in size and color from the standard type. It can come in eight color variations, as...

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