Holstein Angus Cross
Holstein Angus Cross are a breed of cattle known today as the world’s highest-production dairy animals. Originating in Europe, Friesians were bred in what is now the Netherlands and more specifically, in the two northern provinces of North Holland and Friesland, and in northern Germany, more specifically, what is now Schleswig-Holstein. The animals were the regional cattle of the Frisians and the Saxons. The Dutch breeders bred and oversaw the development of the breed with the goal of obtaining animals that could best use grass, the area’s most abundant resource. Over the centuries, the result was a high-producing, black-and-white dairy cow. It is black and white due to artificial selection by the breeders.
Holsteins have distinctive markings and outstanding milk production. They are large, black-and-white marked animals that vary from mostly black to mostly white, or they can also be red and white. They stand 147 cm (58 inches) tall at the shoulder.
- Height: 147 cm (58) inches tall at the shoulder
- Weight: appr. 580 kg (1280 pounds)
- Lifespan: 4 – 10 years
- Diet: Hay
- Gestation period: between 29months
- No. of offspring: 1-2