Australia’s size and climate means livestock producers can raise a variety of cattle breeds on predominantly natural pastures.
Our livestock are renowned around the world for being grazed under safe, clean and sustainable conditions.
The nation’s 26 million cattle population offers a diverse genetic pool of breeds that excel in a variety of conditions.
Santa Gertrudis is a tropical beef breed of cattle developed in southern Texas on the King Ranch and is the result of the cross of Brahman bulls with Shorthorn cows.
The breed was officially recognised by the US Department of Agriculture in 1940, to become the first beef breed developed in the United States – with the final composition being about three-eighths Brahman and five-eighths Shorthorn.
The breed is noted for its adaptability to harsh climates and was first imported into Australia in 1952. Since then, it has grown in popularity as a large beef breed with mature bulls weighing from 900kg.
The Australian Brahman combines high levels of adaptation and heat tolerance to make it highly suited to production in tropical regions.
Its unique digestive system allows it to perform on low protein and lower quality feed than other, less adapted breeds.
The Australian Brahman’s resistance to heat is due in part to the dark pigmentation of its skin, an increased number of efficient sweat glands, sleek and reflective coat, and slow metabolic rate. Additionally, its coat makes it more difficult for ticks to attach while sweat glands act as a repellent to pests.
The Brahman’s immune response also increases its resistance to tropical internal parasites.
The Droughtmaster was bred in Australia around the 1900s and is a crossing of Bos taurus and Bos indicus breeds that retains the best characteristics of both types of cattle.
While usually red in colour, Droughtmasters can also be golden honey through to a deep red shade and may be either polled or horned. Key advantages of Droughtmasters include heat tolerance, parasite resistance, high fertility, ease of calving and quiet temperament.
Brangus is a hardy breed of cattle derived from the crossing of Brahman and Angus. With modern genetics, the breed has stabilised at three-eighths Brahman and five-eighths Angus and has thrived in Australia due to its adaptability to a broad range of climates – from lush southern pastures to challenging northern droughts.
The Brangus carcass has demonstrated the marbling and tenderness qualities of the Angus breed with the hardiness of the Brahman.
The Fleckvieh is a dual-purpose breed suited to both milk and meat production. It originated in Central Europe in the nineteenth century from the cross-breeding of local stock with Simmental cattle imported from Switzerland. Fleckvieh is the second largest breeding animal in the world with an estimated 41 million head worldwide.
Advantages of Fleckvieh include high-quality milk production, climate adaptability and its dual purpose traits (milk and beef).
Originating from France, Charolais cattle are raised for beef and are known for strong crossbreeding qualities – especially with Angus and Hereford.
Charolais is a large and well-muscled breed with bulls weighing as much as 1,100kg and cows as much as 900kg.
The breed is renowned for its high growth rate that allows for earlier turnoff of stock.Additionally, the Charolais has adapted to suit the varied climatic conditions of Australia.
This cattle breed originates from Western Switzerland and has historically been used for dairy, beef and as draught animals.
The average weight of bulls is around 1,100kg and 700kg for cows. Simmentals were introduced to Australia in 1972 and have since adapted to a wide range of environments and production systems. The Australian Simmental is known for its ability to reach market weight young and early, producing high yields of leaner beef.
Originating from France, Limousin is a highly muscled beef cattle.
The breed gained popularity due to its higher than average ratio of carcass to live weight, high feed conversion efficiency and ability to produce lean, tender meat. Limousin meat is also finely textured and low in saturated fats and cholesterol.
One of the most successful and popular breeds of cattle for beef production, Angus is highly sought after both in its pure form and in crossbreeding programs.
Originating in Northern Scotland, Angus beef is renowned for its fine marbling texture, superlative eating qualities and consistency of product. With a minimal number of days on feed, Angus can deliver choice and prime grade meats. A docile breed, Angus cattle have a good temperament and also provide ease of calving across herds.
Herefords provide excellent fertility, growth and feed conversion. Originating from Herefordshire in England, this breed of cattle is used in varying climates around the world from Australia to Russia.
Herefords efficiently convert grass and grains, enabling a little feed to go a long way both on pasture and in lot feeding. The Black Baldy, considered a high-quality beef animal, is the result of crossing Herefords with Angus cattle.
The Murray Grey was developed in the 1900s in Australia by crossing Angus and Shorthorn cattle.
The breed has a strong ability to produce marbled beef, making it a popular choice for feedlots, and has historically performed well in carcass competitions across Australia.
Murray Grey is popular in the Japanese market and suited to meeting the highest Meat Standards Australia eating criteria for domestic and export production.
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- Bulls or heifers
- Weight: 200-700kg (requires Government approval)
- 9-28 months age
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