Farming forum: Types of cows?

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Name: Toni
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Skiekitty
May 22, 2012 7:49 PM CST
I know that there are lots of different types of cows & that they're broken into two groups: beef & milk. Around here people raise mainly beef cows. I also know that there are lots of different types of beef cows. I saw some new calves a few days ago that I had never seen before. I like looking at cows as I drive by, singing "Its what's for dinner!" but these cows I'd never seen anything like before. They were young calves and I'm going to call them either "pointed" or "Siamese" cows. Their bodies were all pure white, they all had black noses not too far up their muzzles, all of them had black feet about 6" above their hooves, and black tufts on their tails (except for one calf - same Siamese pointed pattern but medium reddish brown instead of black). If these were cats they'd definitely have Siamese or pointed markings - seal point & the one brown one could almost have been a flame point. None of the calves seemed to be nursing on the adults with them.. Eating grass instead.

Any idea of what kind of cows these are?
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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
May 22, 2012 11:37 PM CST
They sound most like the White Park cattle - except the black tails. Were the adults marked the same way, and were they polled or horned? Interesting... perhaps someone else will know.
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Name: Kathleen Tenpas
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Kathleen
May 23, 2012 4:25 AM CST
I think porkpal is right. I just did a google search and there are occasionally 'red point' White Park cattle. not that I know much about beef cattle.

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Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
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Skiekitty
May 23, 2012 8:20 AM CST
All the adults were just solid black cows, which I thought was weird. Maybe they were calves put in with cows that weren't their parents? The adults didn't have any horns (there's hornless kinds?). I'll take a picture (hopefully this evening as I'm driving by that field on my way to gym). Maybe I was wrong with the tails? (I would have sworn they had black tufts on their tails!) But that White Park looks just like 'em.
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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
May 23, 2012 9:07 AM CST
The mama cows may have been Angus that were bred to the White Parks. There is a type of white coloring in cows that is dominant - I don't know whether the White Parks' white is or not. (Hornless cows are called "polled" and that is another dominant characteristic. Pictures would be great!
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Name: Jan
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philljm
May 27, 2012 9:03 PM CST
White Park are considered a "Minor Breed" here in the US. If the mamas are black and the babies. Are White Parks, I would hazard a guess that the babies were frozen embryos that were purchased (possibly from overseas - it's easier to import embryos than cows) and implanted into the mamas. And I agree, they are probably angus mommas. When I farmed we used to purchase Simmental embryos and kept some Angus heifers specifically for implanting.~Jan
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
May 27, 2012 9:36 PM CST
I hadn't thought of the possibility of embryo transplant. That does sound likely.
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