The Beefmaster is a breed of cattle developed by the Lasater ranch in the United States. They are known for their sturdiness, an ability to persevere through adverse conditions like harsh weather and insects, and gentle disposition.
|Physical Characteristics||It has a stocky build|
|Coat Color||While this breed has no specific color standard, the most common variant is brownish-red.|
|Size||Medium to large|
|Weight||Male: 1200 kg Female: 800 kg|
|Lactation Period||Around 10 months|
|Gestation Period||279 to 287 days|
|Climate Tolerance||Warm weather|
|Country of Origin||United States of America|
History and Development
While the exact ancestors of this breed remain unknown, it is assumed that the original Beefmaster herd consisted of 25% Hereford, 25% Milking Shorthorn, and 50% Brahman. In 1908, Ed C. Lasater started breeding Brahman bulls with Hereford and Shorthorn heifers. After his death, his son Tom Lasater continued the program, keeping in mind six traits necessary for a breed to be commercially viable – fertility, milking ability, weight, conformation, hardiness, and disposition. In 1954, the Beefmaster was recognized as an official breed and is currently the fourth largest breed for beef in the United States.
Generally, the milk these cattle produce is used only to nourish their calves and not for dairy purposes.
As the Beefmaster cattle were designed for their superior beef quality, the meat from it is considered quite succulent and tender.
- Due to this breed possessing the six traits needed for economic relevance, the Beefmaster cattle is often termed “The Profit Breed”.