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The Super Belgian Cow | Belgium Blue Cattle | Artificial Insemination

Updated on January 27, 2016

Cattle Breeders

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder ~ Moo

That's right! Your motivations, needs, visions and desires will determine how you view the life of this animal. Obviously, those working in these facilities to develop the Blue Belgium cow over generations, and the inventors of the genetically altering artificial insemination techniques saw a positive outcome to their scientific experiments.

Reminiscent of Frankenstein and the desire to create a better human being, the development of "Super Cow" seems out of a science fiction novel. The originators saw "meat" pure and simple. They had a need to develop a lean [ha, ha] cut of muscle that could provide the highest quality food product for the fancy gourmet dishes. This type of animal could feed the masses, which is the mind set of those who use genetic manipulation to produce a better burger.

Many will see the 'beauty' in the beast.

They see, perhaps, some quality they wish to have in themselves. Strength, fitness, mass, bulk, or just the awesomeness that is beyond the bounds of the typical cow -- The Super Cow. Like Might Mouse or Super-Man, it becomes cartoon-like in exaggeration. The Super-Hero of the animal world. Yet, one could imagine this animal in the circus in one of those tents where you pay to just "view" as you walk around the roped in area. Would it cause fear or wonder?

National Geographic Special | Meet the Super Cow

Ferdinand The Bull

For most of us, Ferdinand the Bull was our introduction to the nature of this animal. Written over 50 years ago and still a childhood favorite, we learn about the individual gentle nature of one unusual bull. Unlike his compatriots, who have a more ferocious character, Ferdinand would prefer to sit quietly under a cork tree, just smelling the flowers.

He may be the biggest, strongest and most handsome bull, just like these Blues, his peaceful nature comes naturally. One day he gets stung and everyone watches a huge change in him. I encourage everyone to have this on their shelf to delight the children in your family.

The kids learn a lesson about bullfighting and non-violence while enjoying Robert Lawson's black-and-white detailed drawings of this super-hero.

Demonstration of Building Muscles

What are your emotions?

Do you feel these people are caring souls? Are they doing this work for the betterment of mankind? Do they have a need to be 'better' than everyone else? Do they truly care about these animals? I question and don't have answers. 

I see animals that have been robbed of a normal life. Cows that have been manipulated, their normal selection and breeding taken from them. Their sex life interrupted. Harnessed as 'show animals' typical of breeding pets for human enjoyment. Most likely these animals win award ribbons with a list of criteria when placed in shows. The owners are proud. They are the best.

Are these Super Cows, Belgium Blues, a reflection of parts of our society bent on building themselves up in some way? Will the consumption of these animals cause changes in those who eat super pumped up meat? The strangest thing, a paradox, is that the French fight against genetically modified foods for reasons of health and destruction of our natural plant life. Sterile seeds are the outcropping of genetic modification. Is genetic breeding different?

We know that breeding pure blood lines in pets creates all kinds of havoc with the health and stability of animals. They end up with auto-immune diseases and body dysfunctions. I just wonder where all this will take us?

Body builders adore the lines, structure and mass of the muscles. Like building a better vehicle with more horse-power, this achievement shows prowess and attracts women. So too, the sexual aspects of the Super Cow have been altered. Amassing muscles illustrates the need to be manly, strong, full of vigor, and powerful. Even the movement of the muscles connotes the action of a machine that can pull its weight and more. 

Exercise and Hard Work Builds Muscles

Eugenics Studies Selective Breeding

If you are studying "Eugenics," the study of human racial progress through selective breeding, this will provide a new perspective. We frequently think of social engineering, virulent racism, immigrant persecution, and Nazi genocide when talking about eugenics.

In fact, this practice is against religious laws, but Vermont's eugenics project twists the tables trying to show the inherent adaptability of eugenics theory and methods to parochial social justice.

Beginning with genealogies of Vermont's rural poor in the 1920s, and concluding in the 1930s with an expose of ethnic prejudice in Vermont's largest city, this story of the Eugenics Survey of Vermont explores the scope, limits, and changing interpretations of eugenics in America and offers a new approach to the history of progressive politics and social reform in New England.

Inspired and directed by Zoology Professor Henry F. Perkins, the survey, through social research, political agitation, and education campaigns, infused eugenic agendas into progressive programs for child welfare, mental health, and rural community development. Breeding Better Vermonters examines social, ethnic, and religious tensions and reveals how population studies, theories of human heredity, and a rhetoric of altruism became subtle, yet powerful tools of social control and exclusion in a state whose motto was "freedom and unity."

Issues in Biomedical Ethics

We live in a generation of questioning the power of technology and how we should ethically utilize these manipulative tools. We need guidelines and mentors to help us through the maze of morality.

This important and timely volume in the Issues in Biomedical Ethics series gathers an impressive cast of philosophers, physicians, and lawyers from several countries and from several cultural perspectives who together offer accessible and up-to-date coverage of a host of crucial issues touching on the future of human reproduction. Articles from contributors such as Jonathan Glover, Bonnie Steinbock, Marie Fox, Guido de Wert, and Gamal I. Secour engage topics such as eugenics, fertility treatment, post-menopause, sperm donation, ovarian tissue transplants, and abortion.

Olympic Olympians

Achievements of Mankind

The difference between Super Cow and Super Man can be seen in the work out room. The man actually achieves excellence through his own daily effort, constant pumping iron, concentrated energy over the long haul to recreate himself. Of course, there are those using steroids for the quick short cut to achieve these results. This on-going problem in the limelight today shows the dark side of addiction and distorted thinking to achieve no matter the cost.

During the ancient Olympics, man pitted their strengths against one another or pushed themselves to accomplish superhuman feats. Training was essential and was both admired and admonished. The physical beauty of man and mastery over the odds versus forced bondage and slavery to masters.

Farm Animals Have No Choice

The cow, on the other hand, does not choose to live this life of bulk. Oh! I just thought of "The Hulk" another fictitious super hero. This breed of animal does not achieve status and stature through his own efforts and calisthenics. No! All choice and actual activity is taken from them. It's a scary proposition.

My concern over the animal reflects my concern over mankind's ethical and moral values and what he finds to be the better parts of himself. Who is our master and who do we make into our slaves?

A Study in Medical Ethics

Mathew Thomson, Centre for the History of Medicine from the University of Warwick in the U.K. presents this study calling for eugenics as a means to changes the population. This historical perspective focuses on Britain between 1870 and 1959, and the resulting policies of segregation, community care, and sexual sterilization. Mathew Thomson examines the origins of these policies in central government and shows how they were put into practice by health professionals and local authorities. He reveals how policy-makers avoided extremist measures such as compulsory sterilization (introduced in Germany and parts of the US during this period), not for reasons of liberal principle but because of the socially conservative and anti-interventionlist nature of British political culture.

Myostatin Inhibitors For Building Muscles

Genetic Breeding

Genetic breeding is not new. Horses, dogs, cats and farm animals have been both 'selectively,' and 'genetically' bred over many years to improve the animals for higher production or creating a more ideal animal with particular traits and characteristics.

Restricted Populations of Pedigree Animals

When limiting genetics and diversity, there are higher rates of disorders. I would like to know what happens when we eat highly bed populations of animal products whether we bring certain problems into our own lives on emotional, mental, physical and spiritual planes? Or, does the continued breeding reflect environment changes, the use of artificial foods, chemicals and manipulation of our selves as humans?

Hubber Schatzie Speaks has written an article about the development of the Belgian Blue cow breed and the problems entailed with care, treatment and health of these animals. What does this mean for human populations? Are we also seeing higher rates of immune deficiencies, cancers and functional disorders in all ages ranges?

Double Muscled

Richard Sandrak The Strongest Boy

With All Good Intentions What is the Future for This Boy

Richard Sandrak was born in a small village in the Ukraine and migrated with his parents to the USA and settled in Pennsylvania. He started to train in both the martial arts and bodybuilding, while using small lightweight dumbbells to help strengthen his body.

Richard is now 18 years old. In "Ripley's Believe it or Not"  Richard was called "Hercules" the Strongest Boy in the World. You can read his story on Wikipedia and there are many links to blogs about him. He has changed his lifestyle and is not so obsessive about the body building as he was growing up. He was featured on shows like Mr. Olympia, Night of Champions, Mr. USA, the Emerald Cup, and the Arnold Classic among many others. His goal is to help young children live healthy, fit and happy lives and has produced a Workout Video for them. 

SuperNatural The World's Strongest Boy

Learn More About Animal Breeding By Our Elders

The reprints shown below have been noted for their methods of farming that bring us closer to the earth. A collector's dream for the lost notes of farmers. Instead of optical recognition readers that insert many misspellings and words out of context, these books were image scanned so that the pages look worn, torn and dated, but the words and meaning retain authenticity.

The Blue Covered Book entitled, "The Breeding and Feeding of Farm Stock" originally published in 1921 now reprinted by Cornell University as a gem in to add to your farm book collection.

Live stock and dairy farming, a non-technical manual for the successful breeding, care and management of farm animals, the dairy herd, and the essentials of dairy production is in paperback.

Animal Husbandry, Including the Breeds of Live Stock, the General Principles of Breeding, Feeding Animals; Including Discussion of Management On the Farm and Poultry Farming, also in paperback.

This 1923 treatise on farming is a worthwhile reprint of wisdom from days gone by.
This 1923 treatise on farming is a worthwhile reprint of wisdom from days gone by.

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    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      7 years ago

      Dear Aurelio ~ Thank you for visiting my vast array and variety of blogs here on Hubpages. I also saw the toned bodies and showy contests on your story, "California Dreams: Why I Love L.A." So, I guess this caught your eye. Blessings, Debby

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Wasn't expecting your hub to lead to discussion of muscles in humans and was pleasantly surprised between the comparisons you make. Voting this Up and Interesting.

    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      8 years ago

      Hello Eiddewen ~ Thanks for swinging by this muscular cow blog. I write about whatever hits my fancy each day. Finding myself quite opinionated in my old age. Have a great one. Blessings, Debby

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      8 years ago from Wales

      Unique and interesting.

      Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day.

      Take care,


    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      8 years ago

      Dear Fluffy77 - yes. They are still around and command a high price at auction and in the marketplace. Some considered them 'prize' animals.

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      8 years ago from Enterprise, OR

      Thanks for sharing! Living in a bit of a small cow raising community myself it is good to stay informed. Have yet to see these one's, they could be around still though.

    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      8 years ago

      This hubpages is my personal opinion. As stated in the story, I do believe others will find beauty in these animals. Just like some people do body building and love their body in that form. Others breed animals to perform or improve appearance and musculature. I have a right to my opinion and am not a fan of body building nor of genetic manipulation. I don't like GMO and genetically transformed plants in the environment or in my own body.

      Thank you for stating your opinion. Blessings, Debby

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      Stephen de Baca 

      8 years ago

      On what grounds can you judge these beautiful Belgian Blue Cattle, when you've never had the opportunity to work with them. From personal expirience, I've found that all the dissorders, & diseases which aflict the Belgian Blue, effect all other breeds of cattle, at about the same rate.

    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      9 years ago

      Please explain what you mean by "don't hold with that." To what are you referring?

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      Hello, hello, 

      9 years ago from London, UK

      Very well written and a fascinating hub but I don't hold with that.

    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      9 years ago

      To each his own, Eovery. The "GRRRRR" grin marks the dog. The sterile seeds from Monsanto has the destroyed the diversity of native crops, and made it impossible for civilizations that have always gathered their own native seed to become dependent upon purchasing genetically modified seeds, which they can't afford. In fact, the mass production of mega-farming practices have depleted soils of nutrients from the earth. And, the cross pollination from GM corn onto organic fields have tainted even those who wish to choose natural and heirloom seeds.

    • eovery profile image


      9 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      Here in Iowa, the genetic altered corn have really helped. If other countries, i.e. in Africa would be allowed to use the genetic altered corns that are available, and have been used for over 20 years in the US, they would produce up to 10 times as much food, and there would be no hunger in the countries. The resistance of using these altered corns are killing millions a year.

      Keep on hubbing!

    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      9 years ago

      Hello Hubber Friends. I didn't really tell my personal gut reaction to all of this. It just wasn't pleasant, but I took an objective view to try to understand what those working in the fields of body-building, bulking up, forcing meat production would be like from their perspective. Thus, although one group of people could see the 'beauty' in the musculature and their accomplishments; others could be repelled by something that seems abnormal, an over-production, and malformed.

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      Richard Francis Fleck 

      9 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      The Belgian Blue sounds a good bit gross.

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      9 years ago from Houston, TX.

      Nice hub, all I can say about the videos is "Oh My". LOL.


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