About Belmont Red Cattle
Belmont Red are Australian cattle raised mainly for meat
production. They were developed by the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and
Industrial Research Organization) during 1954 in response to the need in the
Australian Tropics for cattle which would improve the fertility of Bos indicus
cattle. And it was released to the Australian cattle breeders by the CSIRO in
1969. They were developed from several Bos Taurus cattle breeds including
Africander (African Sanga), Hereford, and Shorthorn. The breed has exhibited
higher fertility than pure Bos indicus cattle breeds and better than most other
Bos taurus and Bos indicus cross. Along with improved fertility the breed also
remain the characteristics of hardiness and heat and tick tolerance.
Performance of the breed has been proven in comparison traits on research
stations in Africa and Australia. Their good performance and relatively docile
nature have been recognized by the Philippines and the Pacific Islands where
improvement in livestock population is carefully monitored. Currently they are
popular mainly in Australia.
They are medium sized and have a good conformation in
relation to beefing quality. They are phenotypically and genetically a mix of
Bos taurus and Bos indicus. They have a smooth and short haired coat which is
predominantly red. Although they may have some white occasionally. They are
pretty fast growers and reach maturity as early as about 10-14 months.