Few people know that there are so-called beef breeds of cows, the purpose of which in the first place is not at all connected with milk production. The Belgian Blue Cow is representative of this unusual category.
The Belgian Bulenka is distinguished by its extraordinary appearance and natural purpose. The thing is that it belongs to the category of meat cows. Such cows are characterized by intensive growth and large size, which makes it possible to obtain high-quality, high-calorie meat.
With regards to milk, we can say the following: the milk yield threshold is an order of magnitude lower than that of dairy animals. High muscle mass and large size affected the amount of milk produced, which put the blue cows in the meat discharge.
The difficult economic situation in Belgium demanded multifunctionality from cows: first give milk, and later - their nourishing meat. The solution of this task was the crossing of dairy cows and short-legged bulls, as a result of which at the end of the 19th century breeders brought out this impressive look.
Due to the pronounced muscles, the body looks quite interesting and symmetrical. Strong legs, a strong back allow a cow to move easily and in pleasure. On high-quality photos you will notice with a naked eye a clear transition from one part of the body to another. The body has impressive volumes, although their growth is low. Individuals of the male at the withers reach a maximum of 150 cm, and female - 145 cm.
The weight of the Belgian female cow is considered at intervals from 850 to 1250 kg, and the slaughter yield of carcass is 70-80% of the total mass. The color of this breed has various variations of color, for example: white, white and blue, bluish-pinto, black. There are individuals with patches of red on the wool.
A person who first met this breed live or having seen it in a photo is afraid of aggressive behavior. Powerful structure looks stern. But we hurry to assure that such alarms are groundless. Blue giants are happy to make contact and have a kind, friendly disposition.
The breed is characterized by an early first calving at the age of three years. Carrying offspring takes 285 days. Bulls and calfs with standard muscle mass are born, and its increase begins to occur after one or two months.
A narrow pelvis is peculiar to the Belgian cows, which complicates the process of calves' birth. In order not to torture the animal, modern farms resort to the method of cesarean section. The weight of newborns is noted in the range of 40-75 kg. Daily weight gain is 800-1900 g, so the cow quickly gains its impressive shape.
Distinguishing feature: The DNA of the Bovine meat contains a gene that inhibits protein production. Therefore, the growth of muscle mass does not stop throughout life.
We offer a closer look at the photo of how the Belgian cows look like.Belgian cows at maturity Belgian blue cow close up Belgian blue cows at an early age
You can meet this breed in France and Belgium. In our regions, this type is not divorced. But if you think about the feasibility of keeping and breeding a Belgian cow, then you will be interested to get acquainted with the views of livestock breeders. In most cases, extremely favorable opinions go about this breed, based on which we single out the following advantages:
- continuous increase in muscle mass;
- crossbred calf offspring;
- the most delicate taste of beef;
- lack of special care;
- calm character;
- frequent and early calving.
Negative factors are much less and are due to skeptic reasoning, but this opinion has a right to exist:
- the availability of GMOs;
- swelling of the legs due to massive weight;
- early death.