British Blue Characteristics
The British Blue is a specialist beef breed of medium size a long body, with prominent double muscling and sloping rump. They are popular in the UK with around 45% of dairy beef inseminations from British Blue bulls. Genetic evaluations of the breed are available from Breed Plan. Around 180,000 calves are sired by the breed each year.
The breeds double muscling trait is shared with another breed, the Piedmontese, they are both capable of converting feed into lean muscle which produces a low fat content.
If crossbred with Holsteins or Friesians their calving difficulty rate lowers compared to other large, continental beef breeds.
The British Blue is a crossbreed originating from Belgium importers crossing the English Shorthorns with Dutch Friesians. They soon became popular with the UK beef cattle breeders as they are docile by nature, fine boned, heavily muscled, have tremendous growth potential and produce a high yielding carcass.
British Blue Statistics
- High yielding carcass
- High feed conversion ratio
- lean beef
- Double muscling
- High growth rate
- Lean bodied
Breed Society: http://www.britishbluecattle.org/
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