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Can Herferds Cows Be Silk?
Do Herefords make good beef? Hereford cattle are a widely-used breed in temperate areas, mainly for beef production. The Hereford’s temperament is more docile thus allowing easier handling than other cattle breeds. Its meat quality is very good, rivaling that of Angus, another “British Breed”, known for ‘marbling’ (intramuscular fat).
What is the best beef cow? Breed. Angus is currently the most popular among North American ranchers. This is partly due to economics—Angus cattle mature quickly and put on weight well—but also because Angus beef is reliably marbled and tender. Not all well-marbled steaks come from Angus cows, however.
What cows are used for steak? There are dozens of breeds–Angus, Brangus, Shorthorn, Hereford, Brahma, Charolais, Santa Gertrudis, just to name a few. All are bred and raised specifically for the quality and quantity of the meat they provide. The cattle in this class are treated differently.
Do We Eat Bulls or Just Cows? The fate of all commercially raised cows, bulls, steers, and heifers are to be eaten, eventually, unless they dropped dead or caught a disease. For beef purposes, cows and steers mostly give their services. The majority of bulls are castrated to be slaughtered for meat.
The Pinzgauer breed has been included in studies performed at the USDA Meat Animal Research Centerfor many years . These studies have shown that Pinzgauers produce meat that is among the most tender of any beef breed and that routinely exceeds other breeds in juiciness and flavour.
Angus do have an advantage, and primarily this is due to CAB and their marketing schemes to make everyone believe that “Black is Better.” Angus are better in marbling than Hereford, however both are early maturing, both have average calving ease, both have good mothering ability, both have good foraging ability.
An interesting fact is that the Herefords of the 1700s and early 1800s in England were much larger than today. Many could weigh more than 3,000 lbs. Regarding the Angus, the bulls may weigh up to 1,870 lbs., and the cows may be up to 1,210 lbs.
1 Choice grade Certified Angus Beef is generally of better quality than an average cut of choice beef.
Diners like tender beef, and young animals produce the tenderest meat. That’s why most beef is cut from young heifers and steers. Heifers are immature females, while steers are young males that have been castrated.
The most expensive cow—$1.2 million
In the fall of 2009, Missy the Ponoka cow, sold for $1.2 million at an auction in Toronto. The Ponoka Morsan Farm in Alberta sells “elite dairy genetics.” Their cows always go for high prices, but Missy sold for $800,000 more than their second most expensive cow.
Generally speaking, dairy cows are more likely to be culled for one of the noted reasons than beef cattle. Typically, a beef cow is culled because of one (or more) of the three O’s: she is open, ornery or old, or because of environment reasons (drought).
Age at slaughter “typically” can be from 12 to 22 months of age for the high quality grade market. The reason for the range in age is that some calves are weaned and go directly to a feeding facility and are finished for slaughter.
Cows and bulls are rarely killed for beef. Almost all beef in developed countries is from steers (castrated males) and heifers (females that have never been bred).
Most dairy cows, many people are surprised to find out, whether they’re raised in organic, grassfed, or conventional systems, are sold into the commodity market when they’re “retired.” Their meat is primarily turned into low-quality ground beef, the kind you’d find in a cheap frozen or fast food burger.
A heifer is a female that has not had any offspring. The term usually refers to immature females; after giving birth to her first calf, however, a heifer becomes a cow. An adult male is known as a bull.
Meat from a bull carcass is lean without a lot of marbling. Because flavor from beef has a lot to do with marbling, then meat from an older bull will taste slightly different than meat from the younger beef animal that we typically get meat from.
Wagyu beef from Japan is the most prized beef in the world. High-grade wagyu can cost up to $200 per pound. The rarest steak in the world, olive wagyu, can cost anywhere from $120 to over $300 for a steak. Wagyu calves can be 40 times the price of US cattle.
Beef cattle are generally the most profitable and easiest livestock to raise for profit. Beef cattle simply require good pasture, supplemental hay during the winter, fresh water, vaccinations and plenty of room to roam.
The differences between the red and black Angus cattle are minimal; both are resistant and easily adaptable. The Red Angus Association of America states that the reddish colour makes cattle more heat tolerant, less likely to get eye cancer, and sunburnt udders.
You may have heard a rule-of-thumb is that it takes 1.5 to 2 acres to feed a cow calf pair for 12 months. That means we should be able to have 10 to 13 cows. Let’s see how this rule-of-thumb holds up. It looks like our rule-of-thumb held up pretty good, 11 cows on 20 acres, is 1.8 acres per cow.
Prices for Angus beef are 10% higher than those of other USDA beef implying that it is of superior quality. The truth is Angus isn’t a cut of beef, per se, it’s simply the breed name cattle the beef is derived from like the Japanese Wagyu or Kobe.
Jersey cows are excellent grazers, which definitely shows in their milk. Of all the dairy breeds, Jersey milk is the richest when it comes to butterfat (average 5%) and protein (3.8%), and our farmers get paid extra for that.
Never, ever walk in a field where there are cows with their calves. Even if there are no calves with the cows in the field, if you can find an alternative route, do so. If there is no alternative route, stay on the footpath and walk calmly through the field. Always keep your dog on a lead when walking near livestock.
Is Bull Meat Edible? Bull meat is tougher and fattier than regular meat from beef cattle since it tends to come from an older animal, but it’s still edible. Bull meat has different qualities from regular beef cattle and is usually ground up or minced as opposed to cut in to steaks.