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Santa Gertrudis Cattle

Updated on September 2, 2013

I breed Santa Gertrudis cattle. My family has always had horses so I'm not sure where my love of cattle came from and I spent a lot of time deciding on which breed to get. After around 18 years of running Santas I'm very happy with my choice.

If you're thinking of breeding beef cattle I would encourage you to look at this breed. They are large-framed, calve easily, are resistant to pink eye and eye cancers, and are good foragers.

Image : My bull, Seven, with some of his cows (my own photo).

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Vintage Beef Breeds Poster, Angus, Shorthorn, Texas Longhorn, Brahman, Hereford, Santa Gertrudis
Vintage Beef Breeds Poster, Angus, Shorthorn, Texas Longhorn, Brahman, Hereford, Santa Gertrudis

This is a rather nice old-style poster of 6 different cattle breeds. It is 13 x 19 inches on high quality paper and the Santa Gertrudis is on the bottom right corner.

 
The Santa Gertrudis Bull (Rosie and the Bull)
The Santa Gertrudis Bull (Rosie and the Bull)

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How Santas Were Developed

Santa Gertrudis are the first beef cattle breed developed in the United States. They were developed on the King Ranch in southern Texas and are a cross of Brahmans and Beef Shorthorn breeds. Brahmans are a tropical breed easily recognizable for the fatty hump above their shoulders and belong to the Bos indicus group. Beef shorthorns are a temperate breed that belong to Bos Taurus. The new breed is capable of withstanding higher temperatures than the British breeds. Santa Gertrudis were officially recognized as a breed by the US Department of Agriculture in 1940, and were exported to Australia in 1951.

They are now in many countries and are popular in northern Australia and in a lot of South America.

Image: Santa Gertrudis cows and a very young calf (my own photo)

Santa Cow Behaviour

They are a cherry red in colour and can have horns or be polled (no horns). They are intelligent and very protective of their young.

Cows form crches were one or two mothers and a couple of yearlings will look after all the calves while the other mothers graze. In my herd the bull also takes his turn. The same cow never gets herd duty for two consecutive days and I don't know who sets the roster, but they would be an asset to any office environment. There is a pecking order, and a calf of a low-order cow always seems to be low in the pecking order when she grows up. The cows are normally placid, but in the spring you will often see them going head to head to see who is the boss.

Image: Some of my cows (own photo)

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      Mobley5 4 years ago

      Cattle farming is hard work - looks as though you're enjoying it :-)

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      Somehow, I always think of Texas cattle as being tall and skinny, not so broad and powerful looking as these gorgeous guys.

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      GrammieOlivia 4 years ago

      You learn something new everyday, thanks for the lesson!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Wow, I had never heard of Santa Gertrudis Cattle and really enjoyed reading this

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      Rhonda Albom 4 years ago from New Zealand

      I find the natural crches really interesting, although I cannot imagine myself as a cattle farmer.

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      I'm going to smile and think of Christmas every time I see a cow from now on :).

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      I haven't heard of this breed, maybe they wouldn't like the cold in New Zealand.

      We have a beef farm which until now we have been breeding Herefords and they do well.

      A couple of weeks ago we brought a line of Angus X, to see how they go.

      I will be looking around the sales and see if I can see any Santa Gertrudis

      Thanks for sharing these special beef animals with us, they look great.

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      steadytracker lm 4 years ago

      Thank you for entering this lens in the 2013 Squidoo County Fair.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      Having lived in the King Ranch region of South Texas, I have seen lots of this particular breed of cattle. Enjoyed learning more about the breed. Bet you never thought you would be entering them in a virtual fair. Pretty great way to show them off.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I just love cows, and I think yours are even more fascinating than regular ones. I like the "duty roster" way they decide which one is the designated babysitter.

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      Ruthi 4 years ago

      Here comes Santa Cows,,, Sorry, I could not resist. Seriously... I loved cows when I was a kid in the country. They always seem serene and studious to me. Interesting the way your cattle pass the herding duties!