Dairy Shorthorn cattle

Dairy Shorthorn cattle

Shorthorn cattle originate from the north east of England and can be traced back to the 1700s. Through genetic diversity the breed split into Dairy Shorthorn and Beef Shorthorn.

The development of Shorthorn cattle is due mainly to the founding breeders of Teeswater cattle. Cattle kept by some of these main breeders were developed for their milking qualities while other breeders concentrated on the beef qualities.

Dairy Shorthorn cattle for sale
Dairy Shorthorn

There are minor differences between the two types of Shorthorn, but on the whole they have very similar qualities and characteristics. Shorthorn cattle are natural grazers. They convert feed to milk and beef with great efficiency.

Shorthorn genetics have subsequently been used in the development of over 40 breeds across the world. It is a breed that is certainly gaining in popularity here in Ireland. In the USA and Canada Dairy Shorthorn cattle are referred to as the Milking Shorthorn.

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Dairy Shorthorn cattle characteristics

Shorthorn cattle are usually a mix of red, roan or white. (The Whitebred Shorthorn is completely white and was developed to be crossed with black Galloway cattle.) Despite their name, some Shorthorn cattle are naturally polled.

Dairy Shorthorn cattle for sale
Dairy Shorthorn

Dairy Shorthorn milk production

Shorthorn cows have a good temperament and are easy to milk. Milk yields can be high (around 8,000 kg per lactation) and with a good protein ratio. Another plus is their longevity. Some cows produce 5 lactations in their lifetime.

When used in beef production, the Shorthorn gain weight efficiently and are suitable for low-input systems. Animals finish quite early and the beef is well marbled adding to the tenderness of the meat. Average carcass yields are around 60%.

Dairy Shorthorn cattle weight

Cows reach around 800 kilos in weight, mature bulls around 990 kilos. Calves are usually relatively small (at around 38 kilos) and it is reported that over 97% of births require no assistance. Cows can breed again quickly while heifers usually reach puberty at under a year old.

Dairy Shorthorn cattle for sale
Dairy Shorthorn

Shorthorn bulls are considered to be quieter than other breeds. They have high libidos and the breed has excellent fertility. The Shorthorn has the ability to cross well with virtually any breed.

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

Dairy Shorthorn cattle for sale and many other breeds 

David Clarke Livestock supply other breeds of dairy and beef cattle. Dairy cattle include; Ayrshire, British Friesian, Holstein, Guernsey and Jersey.

Beef cattle include; Aberdeen Angus, Aubrac, Beef Shorthorn, Belgian Blue, Blonde d’Aquitaine, Charolais, ChianinaDevon, Hereford, Limousin, Parthenais and Salers.

Dual purpose cattle such as Brown Swiss, Danish Red, Fleckvieh / Simmental, Montbéliarde, Norwegian Red, Rotbunt and Welsh Black can all be sourced and supplied.

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

To discuss your requirements, please contact our friendly team on 00353 87 257 6434.