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Dutch Belted (also known as Lakenvelder) are a dairy cattle raisedrnprimarily for milk production; but are also good for meat production.

rnrnIn the 1830s, the Dutch Belted cattle were first importedrninto the United States. There the breed was exhibited as a rare breed of cattlernby P.T. Barnum in his traveling circus. The Dutch Belted Cattle Association ofrnAmerica herdbook was established in 1886. The Association still continues todayrnas the oldest continual registry for the breed worldwide. And the breed becamernwell established in the United States and continued in popularity until aboutrn1940. But the total number of the animals declined worldwide to the point ofrnnear-extinction during the 1900s. Currently the Dutch Belted cattle are listedrnas "critical' by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy on the ConservationrnPriority list. Today the total population of the breed is estimated at lessrnthan 300 in the United States and fewer than 1000 worldwide.

rnrnThe Dutch Belted cattle are medium sized with belted colorrnpattern. They have base color of either black or dusky red. The black baserncolor is most common. And the most distinguishing characteristic of the breedrnis the wide belt of white around their middle, placed between the shoulders andrnthe hips. Naturally both bulls and cows have horns, and their horns are longrnand curved slightly upward at the points.

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