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Santa Gertrudis Cattle
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).
Did you know there are LOTS of different cattle breed? This is a great guide to recognizing them.
I find cows to be beautiful. They are kind and motherly and many of them are quite graceful. Other cow lovers are sure to enjoy this book too.
A collectible matchbox cover. Hard to find.
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.
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Had you heard of the Santa Gertrudis breed before
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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