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