Livestock

 

Origin of the Brahman Breed

The American Brahman breed originated in cattle imported into the United States from India.The Indian cattle is known by the names of Brahman or Zebu. The Brahman breed animals are sacred cattle of India. There are many Hindus who do not eat meat, do not allow the slaughter in his native land or sell them to others. These factors, together with rules governing the quarantine in the United States, hindering the importation of animals directly from India.

Brahman: 

Originated in India

Characteristics:

  • Various colors, with gray being predominant
  • Hump over top of shoulder
  • Drooping ears
  • Excess skin in the throat and dewlap

Advantages:

  • Heat and insect tolerant
  • Disease resistant
  • Good performance in poor conditions
  • Mothering ability

Disadvantages:

  • Not cold tolerant
  • Fertility
  • Slow growing
  • Late puberty
  • Milking ability
  • Lack muscling

Simmental:

Originated in Germany, France, Austria and Italy; came to U.S. in 1968.

Characteristics:

  • Large, dual purpose
  • Fawn to deep red, brown, black or silver with white faces and markings

Advantages:

  • Mothering ability
  • Rapid growth
  • Milking ability
  • Disposition
  • Lean

Disadvantages:

  • Carcass quality at 1000 lbs
  • Feed efficiency

Angus:

Originated in Scotland; came to Kansas.

Characteristics:

  • Solid black, naturally polled
  • Most popular U.S. breed

Advantages:

  • Mothering ability
  • Carcass quality
  • Fertility
  • Milking ability
  • Moderate size

Disadvantages:

  • Disposition
  • Limited adaptability