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Cattle breeds include every breed known to man that can be asked on here, from Angus cattle to Holsteins to even Zebu or Brahman-type cattle. There are over 900 breeds in the world, and questions about a particular breed of bovine can be asked and answered here.

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What is the average life span of a betta fish?

== == Most of these fish can live for 2-3 years in fish bowl. Normally, bettas live two to five years depending on how they are cared for. Male bettas that live alone in large individual tanks and get daily exercise have lived six years or longer in laboratories. Typically, males purchased from a pet store are over four months old, at a point when their finnage becomes fullest and most attractive. Due to their shorter finnage, females available in pet stores are often only three to six months old. Betta fish actually live for 4+ years, eight years is not uncommon, in a 2+ gallon tank. In petstores males and females are actually an average of two years old; a female's finnage is alway short. 2-3 years in a bowl but 6-7 in a tank. 8 years is not uncommon, though. You may find it that your beta lives longer with different plants, and tanks.
the original lifespan of a betta is 1-2 years. But with exellent care it may live up to 5 years.
Most of these fish can live for 2-3 years in fish bowl.

Normally, battas live two to five years depending on how they are cared for. Male battas that live alone in large individual tanks have lived six years or longer.

Batta fish actually live for 4+ years, eight years is not uncommon, in a 2+ gallon tank. In pet stores males and females are actually an average of two years old! 2-3 years in a bowl but 6-7 in a tank. 8 years is not uncommon, though. You may find it that your beta lives longer with different plants, and tanks.

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How much does a Belgian Blue cow weigh?

A Belgian Blue cow can weigh an average of around 1500 lbs.

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What does a longhorn steer eat?

It is recommended to feed cattle grass, hay (not too much rich alfalfa hay as this can cause digestive problems), a COB mixture (corn, oats, barley), silage, or pure corn. These feeds are high in energy allowing the optimum growth and meat conversion.

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Are Simmental cattle horned or polled?

They can be either horned or polled. The majority of Simmentals in North America are polled, though it is not uncommon to find cattle with the horned gene, despite the fact that most of the horned animals get dehorned when young.

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What is the breed of hornless cattle called?

I believe you are specifically referring to the Aberdeen Angus breed (Black Angus and Red Angus).

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Are piedmontese cattle horned or polled?

Horned, but like every horned breed, you will also find polled animals too.

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How much do limousin bulls weigh?

The average Limousine bull will weigh about 2600 lbs depending on genetics and the growth rate of the animal.

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What is the mature weight of a Brahman Bull?

A Brahman bull can weigh around 2200 to 2600 lbs.

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How long is a longhorn cow in season?

Every cow (or every cow should), come into season or heat every 21 days, females will show a heat cycle for approximately 24 hours.

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What is uterine involution?

Uterine involution is a term for when the uterus shrinks back into it's normal shape after a cow has calved and passed the placenta.

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How can selective breeding can be used to increase amount of milk a cow produces?

As the related question below explains, selective breeding is a tool that is used to improve one or more particular characteristics that is lacking or is inferior in a dam or sire to obtain offspring with that/those improved characteristic[s].

To improve milking ability in a dairy herd, cows are bred to a bull with a dam that has higher milking ability EPDs (Expected Progeny Differences: another word for genetic trait selection) than the cows do. The daughters that come from these cows with higher milking ability than the milking ability average of the herd are selected to be replacements in the dairy herd; the cows that have decreased in production or are low producers are culled. These daughters are further mated to other bulls that have improved milking ability characteristics to produce more daughters that have superior milking ability to them. And on it goes. Eventually the dairy farmer has a herd that is producing a lot of milk, thanks to genetic selection and selective breeding practices.

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Why do Brahman cattle have a hump on their backs?

Brahman cattle are derived from the species Bos indicus, which is the species of cattle that evolved in the Middle East to tolerate high heat and humidity. The hump assists the animal in dumping excess heat so that the animal doesn't overheat.

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What breed of beef cattle should you get?

This really depends on where you are located, some cattle breeds are designed to with stand hotter climates. This will also depend on what you are breeding for, cow calf operation, or looking for dual purposed animals. Shorthorns are dual purposed as well as Dexter. Gelbvieh are designed to with stand warmer climates.

However, I prefer Charolais over any breed as they have high maternal instincts, high weaning rates, and when crossed with other breeds are able to produce high quality marbling.

A second opinion:Charolais are something to not consider if you don't want to deal with mothers that have poor milking ability and throw huge calves. They aren't the greatest either when it comes to having a grass-hay only operation. And, I strongly unrecommended them if you are new to raising cattle: they are often flighty and nervous animals, have the potential to get very aggressive, and at calving time, it can be very hectic as you may have to deal with mothers that are having a difficult time giving birth. They are better off with a more experienced cattle-person and for someone who doesn't mind the extra work and pampering that comes with them. If you come across a herd of chars that are very docile and such, it's because the producer has been very strict about what cows can stay and which should go: more often than not, he/she has been culling any cows that are mean, poor milkers, have calving difficulties and poor maintenance issues to get the kind of cows he/she wants.

If you want a good breed that fits the market and does great in a low-cost operation, go with Angus, Red Angus, or Hereford. Angus mothers can be nasty too, but that can also be selected out if you have a good culling plan to get rid of any cows that are aggressive towards you at any time. Red and Black Angus cattle do awesome on grass alone as well as in the feedlot, have great mothers with excellent milking ability, are able to calve out on their own no problem (most of the time), have great carcass characteristics, etc.

Herefords are actually the most docile breed out there, next to the lesser known beef breeds like Galloway, Red Poll, British White, Speckle Park, etc. They are extremely versatile as to what climate they are raised in: they do just as well in warm climates like that of South Africa as they do up in colder climates like up in Alberta, Canada or Scotland. Though they aren't the greatest for milking ability, they are good mothers, great foragers (requiring literally no grain) on extensive and intensive grazing operations, are easy calvers, the list goes on. When they are crossed with Angus the calves of these two breeds are exceptional. Black-baldies (or Black Herefords) are great to raise if you want to have cattle that have the characteristics of both Angus and Hereford cattle. And yes, there is such a breed as Black Hereford.

In my personal opinion, if you choose a breed that meets your requirements as a breed that is a dream to work with and does very well with minimal management and minimal feed costs because you have no time to deal with hard calvers, or hard keepers, go with a breed that suits those needs. Charolais, Simmental, Maine Anjou and Limousin are pretty much out of the question because of their infamous tendancy to be aggressive and flighty; Angus, Red Angus, Speckle Park, Shorthorn, Hereford (traditional red and new Black), Galloway, Dexter, Gelbvieh (another awesome and versatile breed, btw, lots of GB breeders in the US and Canada), Red Poll, Devon, British White, American White Park, etc. are a number of breeds (European-type) to consider. I wouldn't recommend any Brahman-type breeds because they take a person who understands the Brahman characteristics and personality to raise them. If you treat them wrong they will come back to haunt you; these type of cattle are more sensitive to mismanagement and mistreatment than the other breeds mentioned above are. But if you are knowledgable of that already, then breeds like Beefmaster, Santa Gertrudis, Brangus, Braford, Senepol, and Droughtmasters are some breeds to consider.

So PLEASE do your research, ask around, make a plan of what kind of cattle you want before looking at a "best breed," and look at where you are going to raise these cattle and how before you make your decision. Also, I highly recommend you take a look at the related questions and links below for more information.

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What are characteristics of Beefmaster cattle?

They are known as the "profit breed". Beefmaster cattle are 50% Brahman, 25% Hereford, and 25% milking shorthorn. They were developed to withstand high heat temperatures, and originated in Texas. They are dual purpose (they can be used for milk production or beef production), they have a great disposition, fertility rates, carcass weight, and a good carcass conformation.

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What are the most disease resistant cattle breeds?



Scottish Highland


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What is the gestation period of a MRI cow?

The Meuse Rhine Issel cow's gestation periods is really the same as any other breed of female bovine: ~285 days.

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Two breeds of cattle found in Nigeria?

The White Fulani, and the Rahaji are two of the three main breeds of Nigeria.

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Do Belgian blue cattle have horns?

They did in the past, but in the modern world, most of them are naturally polled.

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How long does a Limousin cow live for?

The average beef cow will live until they are about 15 years of age or longer, however, if they are being used for beef production they will live until they are about 1-2 years of age.

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What breed of cattle is the strongest?

Most likely the Chianina, since it is a draft breed with a heavy bone structure and tends to be the heaviest breed of bovine in weight in the world. Belgian Blue may also be a candidate, however with their finer bone structure and extreme muscling that is often much too heavy for the animals to work with, some animals (especially the bulls) get to the point where they're literally incapacitated by their own weight and need human assistance to even walk into a trailer. So just because they look like "body builders" doesn't necessarily mean they'd be considered as the strongest breed of bovine in the world. Chianinas, on the other hand, are built for work, even though they do not have the double muscling myostatin gene, and are thus bred to pull very heavy loads in the country they were originally bred for draft work. South Devons are another large breed that should also be considered as one of the strongest breeds, since this breed was also bred for draft purposes.

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What do you feed a bucking bull?

They eat normal cattle feed including hay, they will usually be fed a high energy grain such as corn.

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Do cows have manes?


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Where were the first brangus?

Little is known about the early origin of the Brangus breed, they began to develop as early as 1912. The first organization of a Brangus Breeders Association was in 1949. However, the early experimentations was performed at the USDA Experiment Station in Jeanerette, Louisiana.

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What strengths do Limousin cattle have?

Limousin cattle are known as the "carcass" breed, meaning that they have a high quality of meat, strong calving ease and maternal qualities.


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