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Published on 4th July 2022 by staff

Santa Gertrudis Cattle

Santa Gertrudis Cattle

The Santa Gertrudis cattle are a taurine-indicine hybrid originating in Texas, USA. It is reared for its beef and has spread to other parts of the world, including Australia, Brazil, and South Africa.

Physical CharacteristicsBroad, sturdy, well-muscled, and has loose skin
Temperament/PersonalityPlayful and gentle
Coat ColorCherry red, though sometimes white markings are spotted on the forehead and flanks.
WeightMale: 750–1000 kg Female: 600–850 kg
Lactation Period305 days
Gestation Period283 days
Lifespan13-15 years
Climate ToleranceHot, arid climates
Country of OriginThe United States of America

History and Development

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The origin of an entire breed can rarely be traced back to a single progenitor, but that is the case with the Santa Gertrudis breed. In 1910, the King Ranch systematically tried to breed Indian Brahman with British Shorthorn cattle. This led to the birth of an outstanding bull called “Monkey”, who would become the sire for an entire herd, which could adapt to harsh environments. “Monkey” is the ancestor of all Santa Gertrudis cattle.

In 1940, the breed received official recognition, and a breed association was formed in 1951.

Milk Production

These cattle produce a lot of milk; however, most of it is used in developing their calves.

Female Santa Gertrudis Cattle
Santa Gertrudis Cattle Picture

Meat Production

Meat produced by these cattle tends to have low fat, an excellent bone-to-meat ratio and is tender and juicy.

Images of Santa Gertrudis Cattle

Interesting Facts

  • Though the global population remains stable, the Santa Gertrudis has been at risk in the US as of 2021.

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