Thirteen Breeds of Cattle
1. Charolais – a very old breed from France. Animals are cream or white in color.
2. Angus – an English breed. Black in color.
3. Brahman – Very hardy and adaptable cattle. Hair color varies from light grey to red or black. The animal’s dark skin acts as a filter to the sun and this makes it suitable for the hot areas in the USA.
4. Hereford – one of my favorites with their white head and red bodies. They are an English breed, are docile with a high fertility rate and good mothering skills.
5. Limousin – a very old breed originating in France. They’re very hardy. They come in red to gold shades.
6. Maine Anjou – Another French breed. They are large animals, well-muscled animals with red coats.
7. Shorthorn – this is the breed my father had when we were growing up. They’re an English breed and can be red, white or roan (sort of a speckled mixture). They’re quiet and easy to handle.
8. Simmental – They can be traced back to Switzerland. They are a large, docile breed and are red and white or gold and white.
9. Texas Longhorn – It’s an American breed that traces its origins back to the first cattle imported into the country. They have massive horns and come in lots of different colors.
10. Scottish Highland – a breed that originates in Scotland. They have shaggy coats to keep them warm, horns and come in red, black or blonde. I have it on good authority that they’re good to eat.
11. Belgian Blue – They come from Belgium and are primarily milking cows. Their colors range from white, blue-roan to black. The breed is well-known for its impressive muscling.
12. Galloway – A Scottish breed. They are mainly black and have a soft and wavy coat, which serves to protect it from wind and rain. It’s a maternal and hardy breed, naturally lean and an excellent forager.
13. Murray Grey – this breed developed in Australia and are grey in color. They are maternal and good milkers. The calves are small at birth and the breed is known as a docile one.
My father has a house cow called Donna. Donna is big and black and comes when my father calls her. She likes to eat carrots and if you’re not quick feeding her, she slimes you with her tongue. It’s also not good to have carrots in hand when she comes running. A fence between is a good idea. My father says that sometimes when he’s milking her (by hand) she’ll turn around and lick him on the face.
I have milked a cow before – it was one of our jobs when we were kids. I was very slow and the cow would grow impatient and start kicking at the bucket. My brother and sister were better at the job and took over, delegating a different job to me.
Have you ever milked a cow by hand? If not, would you like to try?