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Facts about Friesian

Friesian have the highest milk production in the world.

Breeding Aim

Friesians have distinctive markings and outstanding milk production. The animal also contribute to the meat supply worldwide, have a high growth percentage in the fattening sector and produce meat with a fine fibre.

History of the Friesian Breed
The Friesian breed originated in Europe. The major historical developement of this breed occured about 2000 years ago in what is now the Netherlands and more specifically in the two northern provices of North Holland and Friesland which lay on either side of the Zuiderzee. The original stock were the black animals and white animals of the Batavians and Friesians, migrant European’s who settled in the Rhine Delta region about 2,000 years ago. For many years, Friesians were bred and strictly culled to obtain animals which would make best use of grass, the area’s most abundant resource. The intermingling of these animals evolved into an efficient, high-producing black-and-white dairy cow.

Characteristic
Friesians are large cattle with colour patterns of black and white or red and white. A healthy Friesian calf weighs 40 kilograms or more at birth. A mature Friesian cow weighs about 660 kilograms and stand 150 centimetre tall at the shoulder.

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