Holstein or Holstein-Friesian

The Holstein is the most prevalent breed in the United States.  Its origin was in the Netherlands in the province of North Holland and West Friesland, an area noted for excellent pastures.  The breed was not forced to develop good grazing abilities during its early stages.  Milk was used for cheese, so selection for animals with large volumes of milk was important.  The black and white cattle (red and white Holsteins also exist) are still noted for production of large volumes of milk with the lowest milkfat - a trait that is desirable in today's milk market.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New Bolton Center Field Service Department
Students:  Keith Javic - Class of 2003, C. Nikki Conroy - Class of 2003