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Cattle of the World

May 4, 2012

Several years ago on a trip to the Isle of Mull, one of Scotland’s Inner Hebrides, we had an up close and thankfully not too personal meeting with a Highland Steer on one of the one-lane tracks.  We waited patiently and finally he ambled off to the other side of the road where the grass, apparently, was greener. When I visited Twin Maple Farms near Milton I learned that Dexter cattle are a dual purpose breed, providing some milk and being useful for meat as well. There are over 900 breeds of cattle around the world. Some, like the Angus, are found on beef cattle farms throughout West Virginia, like Deb Stiles’ farm in Tucker County and Jared McCray’s Double J Farms near Bridgeport.   

““““““`Barbara Miller, of  Mountain Diamond Farm in Tunnelton, raises Texas Longhorns.

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WAGYU (Kobe beef breed)










PHOTO SOURCE and information about these breeds and more:

8 Comments leave one →
  1. May 4, 2012 8:32 pm

    Wow! Who knew???

  2. May 5, 2012 8:14 am

    I had no idea there were so many types of cattle in the world and so many different looks. And how did breeders manage to get a lop-eared rabbit and a cow to make an INDU-BRAZILIAN? 😉 Thanks for the head’s up on my blog to come over and check this out.

    • May 5, 2012 11:07 am

      And all the photos I posted are a very small segment of breeds. For example, I did not post a photos of the Brahmin which is the breed that has the highest population in the world. Without real knowledge of what might work here in West Virginia, I tried to show breeds that live in mountainous areas with climates that might be similar to West Virginia.

  3. May 6, 2012 9:12 am

    Thanks for this post. Supporting Farms that are committed to Heritage Breeds is an important part of the work we and our Guests do at Panorama. We serve heritage breed beef, pork, chicken, turkey and lamb. (Sadly, we still have 3 commercial steaks on the menu. looking to solve that this year.) Both Virginia farms within our region – share many characteristics re: weather and geography as parts of WV. If you want to know more about the whys – check out the American Livestock Breeders Conservancy – from their website “Ensuring the future of agriculture through the genetic conservation and promotion of endangered breeds of livestock and poultry.

    • May 6, 2012 7:19 pm

      It was interesting reading through the source website about how many hybrid breeds were produced to try to gain best traits of several….and how some did not work out and were discontinued for the most part.

      • May 6, 2012 7:34 pm

        Glad you enjoyed it. ALBC does a good job educating us. The benefits of maintaining diversity on this Earth become clear. Same ideas are transferrable to heirloom varieties of produce, too. Life is Good.

  4. May 6, 2012 4:00 pm

    Hey: many thanks for getting some time of writing up this facts. I frequently seek to further more my understanding of details. Even if I consent or disagree, I really like knowledge. I remember the old days when the only source of facts was the library or the newspaper. They both look so archaic. Please excuse my rough english : )

    • May 7, 2012 5:09 am

      I was and still am very happy going to the feels like a treasure chest….what will I discover each time I visit. The web has so much information easily available but there is a lot of stuff on there that is not accurate.

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