Friesian cattle

Friesian cattle

It is widely believed that the origins of Friesian cattle can be traced back to the 18th century. At this time, small black and white cattle were brought in to Friesland and the north of Holland and crossed with the native cattle. The Netherlands herdbook was established in 1873 and the Friesland herdbook in 1879.

Friesian cattle breed

Prior to the establishment of these herdbooks, red-pied animals were kept separately to black-pied cattle. The latter were preferred in America and today only a small number of red-pied cattle exist in Holland.

Friesian cattle for sale

In the 1970s, Holstein cattle were imported from America to improve the milk production of the Friesian. The effects of this cross-breeding are keenly felt today. Many Friesian cattle are 25 – 75 percent Holstein.

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Friesian cow milk production & characteristics

The Friesian is able to graze on low lying and upland grassland. Selective breeding over the last century has resulted in an animal well able to sustain itself over many lactations. Milk protein levels are around 3.4%.

Friesian cattle for sale

Unsurprisingly, Friesian cattle are similar in size to the Holstein. Friesian cows typically weigh around 580 kilos and have the ability to calve frequently in their lifetime. They also have excellent conception rates. Indeed, a higher number of calves per lifetime are born to Friesians than any other cattle of their kind.

Friesian calf

Beef Friesian cattle

Although the Friesian is predominately a dairy breed, male animals are highly prized. They produce good quality, lean meat. Friesian male calves have the ability to finish and grade well, whether as steers or in intensive systems.

With these qualities it is easy to understand why Friesian cattle are so popular in the UK, Holland and America.

If you are interested in purchasing Friesian cattle, please get in touch.

Friesian cattle for sale and many other breeds 

David Clarke Livestock supply other dairy cattle including; AyrshireBrown Swiss, Dairy Shorthorn, Guernsey, Holstein and Jersey.

Dual purpose cattle breeds

Dual purpose breeds such as Danish Red, Fleckvieh, / SimmentalMontbéliarde, Norwegian Red, Rotbunt and Welsh Black are also available.

Beef cattle for sale

Beef cattle such as Aberdeen Angus, AubracBeef Shorthorn, Belgian BlueBelted Galloway, Blonde d’Aquitaine, Charolais, Hereford, Highland, Limousin, Parthenais, Piedmontese and Salers can also be supplied.

Find out more about our dairy cattle service and our beef cattle service.

Please contact our friendly team on 00353 87 257 6434 to discuss your requirements.