Beefmaster

Facts about Beefmaster
The Beefmaster was the first new breed of cattle registered in the United States.

Breeding Aim
The breed is recognised as a „Dual Purpose“ breed, meaning Beefmasters blend strong maternal traits with excellent growth and carcass abilities.

History of the Beefmaster
These cattle have been developed by the Lasater Ranch then headquartered in Texas. The breeding program leading to their establishment was started by Ed C. Lasater in 1908, when he purchased Brahman bulls to use on his commercial herd of Hereford and Shorthorn cattle (Beefmaster cattle are 50% Brahman, 25% Hereford, and 25% Milking Shorthorn). The original concepts of Tom Lasater in developing Beefmaster cattle have continued. Selection continues for those points which were originally used by Mr Lasater and are now known as the Six Essentials – Weight, Conformation, Milking Ability, Fertility, Hardiness and Disposition. The Beefmaster is now the fourth largest beef breed in the US and were recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a pure breed in 1954.

Characteristic
They are moderate in size, and while there is no set colour pattern in the breed, they are generally light red to dark red and some will have white mottle on their faces.