Grassfed Beef Genetics

When selecting cattle, there are many factors to consider in order to produce the best grassfed beef that we can. The most important is the cattle that we work with. We have chosen the Belted Galloway and Angus breeds to use, but our selections do not end there. There is great variety within any breed as far as types of animals. We select for smaller framed, 1,000-1,200 lb cows that stay fat on grass alone. The cows need to be fertile, good mothers and live a long time. That will give us one calf per year from each cow for many years. The calves need to grow well, be vigorous, finish from 18-24 months with well marbled, flavorful beef.  All of the animals need a calm disposition. Selecting for these traits improves the herd, allowing us to produce our best grassfed beef.

grassfed cow herd

grassfed cow herd

Our cow herd consists of Belted Galloway, Angus and a few crosses of the two breeds. Our bulls are below. The Beltie bull we have used for three years and our Angus bull is new this winter. 

Ajax, the Belted Galloway bull

Ajax, the Belted Galloway bull

Cedric, our Angus bull

Cedric, our Angus bull

Here are a couple of our cows with the form that we are aiming for. 

Udaberri, a registered Belted Galloway cow

Udaberri, a registered Belted Galloway cow

Tessa, a purebred Belted Galloway

Tessa, a purebred Belted Galloway

Here are a couple of the calves born in the fall of 2012. Pictures were taken in the summer of 2013. The first is a purebred Beltie and the second is a Beltie x Angus. 

Beltie calf, 9 months old

Beltie calf, 9 months old

Beltie x Angus

Beltie x Angus

We enjoy learning more as we grow and improve our herd of cattle. Breeding for better cattle is one way we improve our grassfed beef and strengthen our business.