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Cattle

kat' l, bovine animals bred and raised primarily for their meat

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Aberdeen-Angus
Aberdeen-Angus
These cattle mature and fatten early. Their fat tends to marble (mix with lean meat), a desirable quality in beef. Many cattle raisers consider the Angus the typical beef animal.

Ayrshire
Ayrshire
milk production ranks between brown swiss and guernsey.

Brahman
Brahman
Most of these cattle are light gray or nearly black, although a few are red. It is characterized by a fleshy hump over its shoulders.

Brown Swiss
Brown Swiss
This breed is larger than most dairy cattle. Milk production ranks second only to that of Holsteins. The milk is pure white, and is rich in nonfat solids, minerals, and lactose.

Charolais
Charolais
Commercial cattle producers seek Charolais for crossbreeding because of their great size, their heavy muscular system, and the rapid growth of Charolais calves.

Dutch Belted
Dutch Belted
This breed is noted for its milk, which contains 3.5 to 5.5 per cent butter fat, and for cows capable of producing milk well into their teen years. Considered a very rare breed, there are fewer than 2,000 head worldwide.

Guernsey
Guernsey
This breed produces a little more milk than Jerseys, but the rich milk of the Guernsey ranks second to that of the top-ranking Jersey in butterfat content.

Hereford
Hereford
This breed is especially popular as veal.

Holstein-Friesian
Holstein-Friesian
cows produce more milk than any other breeds. It is the breed of cow featured in the "California Cheese" TV commercials.

Jersey
Jersey
cows produce less milk than the four other major breeds, but their milk contains the most butterfat. A thick mass of cream rises to the top of a container of Jersey milk.

Santa Gertrudis
Santa Gertrudis
In the 1920's and 1930's, the King Ranch at Kingsville, Texas, crossed Shorthorns and Brahmans to develop the Santa Gertrudis.

Texas Longhorn
Texas Longhorn
The only American cattle breed to develop its characteristics without the benefit of human intervention, the Texas Longhorn arose from ancestors that were the first cattle to arrive in America.

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