About Our Genetics | Bestyet A.I Sires | Grazing Genetics from Dutch Belted and Milking Shorthorns

About Our Genetics

What Can You Expect From Our Genetics?

  • Fertility
  • Calving ease
  • Freedom from metabolic disorders like milk fever and ketosis
  • Good milk production even without grain
  • Body capacity for forage utilization
  • Great feet and legs, with hoof-trimming rarely needed
  • Moderate, practical size

General Traits of our Milking Shorthorns

  • Sturdier than the mainstream Milking Shorthorns
  • Easy-fleshing for better outwintering
  • Excellent beef yield on steers
  • Easy-going disposition
  • Dairy strength
  • Clean-cut yet not frail
  • Well-attached udders that last
  • Many are polled, some homozygous (100% dehorner of calves)
  • Cows weigh 950–1400 pounds
  • Butterfat range: 3.5–4.2%
  • Protein range: 3.0–3.7%
    • (Butterfat and protein varies between individuals and feeding programs)

General Traits of our Dutch Belted

  • Incredible longevity
  • Excellent breeding back
  • Early maturity
  • Silky udders with little edema
  • Slender but rugged
  • Mobility and agility
  • Assertive and energetic
  • Smaller frame than Milking Shorthorns (Dutch Belts usually weigh 800–1200 lbs)
  • Special milk quality with high cheese yield
  • Butterfat range: 3.0–4.2%
  • Protein range: 3.0–3.5%
    • (Butterfat and protein varies between individuals and feeding programs)

You can read an in-depth comparison of the breeds here.