Beefmaster cattle are the first American composite breed (combination of three or more breeds). These cattle have been developed by the Lasater Ranch then headquartered in Texas. After making crosses of Brahman-Hereford and Brahman-Shorthorn, he felt a superior animal had been produced and called the cattle Beefmaster.
East Texas Louisiana Beefmaster Marketing Group Sale
Since 1931, Beefmasters have spread across the U.S. and to many other countries.
A mature Beefmaster cow will weigh between 1300-1500 lbs with bulls weighing almost 2000 lbs.
Coloration: Beefmasters can be any color, and may have white mottled colouration on their head, and even have a little white over their shoulders, in front of their hips, but mainly on their bellies. There really is no set colour pattern like what you’d get with Hereford cattle.
Cattle have three basic coat colors: Black, Brown, and Red. These are caused by a single pair of genes which govern how much (and what color ) of pigment is produced. The black gene is dominant over the other two, and causes the hair to be black.
Beefmaster has long been noted for their maternal excellence. On the cow side, Beefmaster females set the industry standard for fertility, longevity, functionality and efficiency. What many ranchers don’t realize is that Beefmasters also excel in the feedyard and on the rail.
A pregnant cow costs R18,730 and takes 12 months before the newborn calf can be sold for a return, while investing in a calf costs R11,529 and takes six months for it to grow enough to be sold.
Like the camel, the Brahman stores food and water in the odd- looking hump on its back. The hump is a deposit of fat. Farmers and ranchers in the southeastern US and the Gulf States like to raise Brahman cattle because they can stand the heat, and insects don’t bother them much.
Beefmaster cattle are the first American composite breed (combination of three or more breeds). They were developed by Tom Lasater in south Texas, beginning in 1931. The Beefmaster breed was recognized in by the USDA in 1954, and today Beefmaster Breeders United is the fifth-largest breed registry in the United States.
|Use||dual-purpose, draught and beef|
|Weight||Male: 1200–1500 kg Female: 800–1000 kg|
Origin: Spicewood, Texas. In 1946, Malcolm Levi started crossing purebred Brahman and Angus carrying the red gene; Red Brangus can be 5/8 Brahman and 3/8 Angus, 1/2 Brahman and 1/2 Angus or 3/8 Brahman and 5/8 Angus.
From personal experience, bulls with calving ease (CE) numbers in the top 10% of the breed can easily be expected to have three or more live calves out of 100, compared with an average CE bull. At today’s prices, that figure is conservatively $2,100 (using $1.40/lb. for 500-lb. calves).