Holstein cattle

Holstein cattle

Holstein cattle are incredibly popular. Indeed, the Holstein breed of dairy cattle is by far the number one breed in the world for milk production.

Milk yields of up to and over 14,000 litres in a year (in a duster that milks the cows 4 times per day) have been recorded. In one large farming system – the Almarai farms in Saudi Arabia – the 66,000 cows produce over 14,000 litres on average, per year.

Back in Europe the average is around 7,500 litres. This can vary from a 6,000 litre average on a low cost, spring calving, grass based, farming system on twice a day milking to 12,000 litres on a three times a day milking, highly intensive system.

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Holstein cattle – Characteristics

Holstein cattle originated in Europe. The breed developed from black animals and white animals used by the Batavians and the Friesians (ancient Germanic tribes who lived along the Dutch Rhine Delta) around 2000 years ago. A breeding program focused on producing animals which would make the very best use of the area’s most abundant resource – grass. The end result is the highly efficient, milk-producing, black and white dairy cow we know today.

Cows typically weigh around 680 kilos. A healthy calf weighs around 40 kilos. Calf growth is rapid and they are easy to care for. Indeed, Holsteins are good-natured and easy to handle.

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The Holstein also contributes to the worldwide meat supply. They are also often cross-bred with beef breeds to produce a better quality meat. Little wonder then that Holstein cattle can now be found in most countries around the world.

Sourcing Holstein cattle across Europe

David Clarke Livestock source top quality Holstein cattle from here in Ireland and throughout Europe. Our strong relationship with the IHFA (Irish Holstein Friesian Association) helps us to source top quality Holstein cattle in Ireland that will suit any system.

If you would like to purchase Holstein cattle, please get in touch.

Holstein cattle for sale and much more

David Clarke Livestock also supply Ayrshire, British Friesian, NZ Friesian, Guernsey, Kerry and Jersey crosses.

Our shopping list for dual purpose cattle includes Brown Swiss, Danish Red, Fleckvieh / Simmental,  Montbéliarde, Norwegian Red and Rotbunt.

Beef cattle include Aubrac, Aberdeen Angus, Belgian Blue, Blonde d’Aquitaine, Charolais, Chianina, Devon, Hereford, Limousin, Parthenais and Salers. Beef and dairy Shorthorn are also often available.

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

To discuss your requirements, please contact us on 00353 87 2576434.

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