While I have never had either one of these breeds it seems like a Dairy that Ai'd it's cows to a Square Meater Bull or a MG or something short and stout would work very well. The best of both worlds meaty, good frame, and a milk machine.
heath said:I bought this cow so I really don't know what she is, but I figure her to be a long horn and some sort of Brimmer cross. she was bred when I bought her so I don't know what the calf is out of, but we'll see what she throws this year out of a beefmaster. the calf is four and a half or 5 months old.
You could be right about the Longhorn x Brahman cross, but I wanted to let you know that I had a cow years ago that looked a lot like that one. She was out of a Holstein cow and a red Brahman bull. That's another possibility.
There is a small ranch few miles away from me that have few Highland x Hereford cross cows running with a black bull. The Angus sired calves out of the xbred cows looks like regular angus or black baldies as you have no clue that they have highland in them. The xbred cows were not that big, probably 900-1,100lbs but they sure weaned off BIG calves that is about same size as their mommas. And that was done in the pasture that is ill-suited for your average beef herd. Heavily forested, full of pine trees, lot of goldenrods, woody bushes and some hawthorns...not lot of grazing areas but then again this pasture used to be pine tree farm. The black bull they have right now looks like crap, but I bet he was glad to see the hay when the snow hits the ground.Beef Man":2glm2n83 said:A strange cross once beat me in a fat steer show at the montana winter fair years ago. Scotch highlander-- hereford cross, a fancy showy very hair'y steer. I think I knew when he came out that was going to happen. Don't really know how they did as cows but would think that they would have earned their own living and that in itself is a good acomplishment.
Beef Man":2yxszfg6 said:A strange cross once beat me in a fat steer show at the montana winter fair years ago. Scotch highlander-- hereford cross, a fancy showy very hair'y steer. I think I knew when he came out that was going to happen. Don't really know how they did as cows but would think that they would have earned their own living and that in itself is a good acomplishment.
Except the females would have made excellent cows and weaned bigger calves. Higher butterfatKinda a hard question for me to answer. To me if a cross works it's not really odd. The only thing I can think of is I have had some pure longhorn cows that I bred to a brangus bull, and somehow it was like the calves were all brangus, no horns, no color and shaped just like any brangus you have ever seen.
I raised roping cattle back in the 80's and early 90's, and when team penning took off in the mid 90's, I started breeding my Criolo cows...Longhorn, Corrientte, Fla Cracker and Piney Woods, to Angus and Brangus bulls. I always used homozygous for black bulls, and all of these calves were black and polled. For a few years I had 2 or 3 Correinte x Watusi or LH x Watusi, and these cows sometimes had horned calves, but they were all solid black. You'd see 7-8 month old calves getting on their knees to nurse a Corrientte mother. Now days, people are breeding for black Corriente cattle, with the prospect of using them to cross on Angus bulls. There is absolutely no way to make more money off your cow-calve operation than using these cattle and Brangus bulls. Very low initial costs too buy the cows. They thrive on marginal pasture, weeds, scrub brush, weeds and briars. There is zero calving problem and they have plenty of milk. Heat, cold, parasites and insects to not bother them. And, they wil wean off a black calf every bit as an Angus or Hereford cow would wean.Kinda a hard question for me to answer. To me if a cross works it's not really odd. The only thing I can think of is I have had some pure longhorn cows that I bred to a brangus bull, and somehow it was like the calves were all brangus, no horns, no color and shaped just like any brangus you have ever seen.
I can tell you the coolest one is a mini f1 where you breed a zebu and a mini hereford! and beefalos are really cool as wellJust wondering what is some of the strangest crossbreds that anyone has ever seen that have made for attractive stock?
Please add pics if you can, would love to see the oddities out there!
Saw an odd combo today that worked, I need to get better photos that do the animal justice, sweet little thing, had a lot of eye appeal for my liking.
Great looking calf! A bit leggy but he actually has a rear end.Okay, Had a few minutes to scrounge up some of these pics, can't find the Longhorn x Brangus tho.
Here is the Brangus x Galloway
And here is a 8 month old Peid calf from a Longhorn momma
You're not wrong, some of those speckle and speckle crosses are selling for rediculous money, i thought once numbers got up it would fall away but demand is growing stronger all the time.An odd breed combo I’ve seen work here in Australia is Speckled Park Droughtmaster cross. I’m seeing heaps of them. People are selling F1 bulls for good money. It’s crazy.