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Blue Belgian

The white-blue Belgian cattle are medium sized and heavy with massive muscles. The animals are white to blue-white spotted and occasionally also black and white. They have a relatively small head, a thin skin and are horned.

Weißblauer Belgier
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Direction of use

In this cattle breed there is a dual purpose breed (beef and milk) and a beef breed. The white-blue Belgian matures early and has an excellent carcass quality. Moreover, a high proportion of valuable cuts is available. The consistent selection of muscle hypertrophy led to the frequent occurrence of double muscled cattle. In Austria the breed is primarily used for crossbreeding for dairy and dual purpose breeds.

Statistics & Distribution

  • Austria: 11,800 Tiere
  • Breed proportion in Austria: 0.60%

The white-blue Belgian is widespread in the southern half of Belgium and in North- East France. Small breeding populations are found in many European countries, in the meantime this breed can also be found in North America.

Figures

Ø Beef performance:

   Daily weight gain (g)
  200 days 365 days
M 1 227.5 1 086.4
F 1 012.6 932.4

Control farms (Herds): 14

Height (cm, Ø): 140

Weight (kg, Ø): 800

Animals in control farms: 270

Registered cows: 60

Origin: Belgium

History

19th century: Local Belgium breed is crossbred with Charolais and Shorthorn- aiming for a dual purpose breed

20th century: The breed standard splits into two directions: the dual purpose breed and the beef breed

1950: For a part of the breeding population the breeding on muscle development was most important

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