Murray Grey Breeding

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Cattle Rack Rancher

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Mar 10, 2004
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Manitoba, Canada
I was talking to a Galloway breeder recently. He had some interesting things to say about the Murray Grey breed. It is his belief that the original cow that Eva Sutherland identified as a Shorthorn was actually a Galloway. There are several things that lead him to this conclusion. The original cow was polled which is not a natural Shorthorn trait. The color of the calves were grey. Grey is a dominant color in the Galloway herd. If you look at the Speckle Park breed, it is supposedly the same cross
ShorthornxAngus but it looks nothing like a Murray Grey. I have only one Murray Grey cow but I have Angus, Shorthorn and Galloway cattle. To me I would guess she looks a bit more to the Galloway cows. This of course is a sample size of one. Has there ever been any genetic testing done to confirm that the Murray Greys are related to the Shorthorns instead of the Galloways? Any thoughts on this?