A beefalo cow is a cross-breed between a domestic cow and a bison or American buffalo. It can survive in even the most extreme weather conditions. Their meat is also of high-quality, and can breed by themselves unlike other hybrids. They are also easily taken care of, and produce high quality meat that is tasty, and has less bad cholesterol and fat. In addition, they are resistant to diseases such as foot-and-mouth disease due to a natural immunity to it. Any cow breed can produce a beefalo cow, thus making their identification a little tricky.
The benefits of raising beefalo cows have increased over the years and there is an increased requirement for beefalo growers. If you want to start your own beefalo farm and want to begin by learning to identify a beefalo cow, here are the things to look out for.
Look at the frame and stature. Beefalo cows are well muscled and have a relatively larger frame as opposed to other cattle. In this regard, they look more like a bison than a cow.
Look at the fur. Beefalo cows have a unique and dense coat. Their hair is very thick, and this allows them to survive in relatively cold climates. The thickness of a beefalo’s hair is about four or five times than that of normal cows. Beefalos also perspire, allowing them to easily shift their tolerance from cold to hot climates.
In some cases, beefalo cows have a curly clump of fur surrounding its neck. This covering is thick and unkempt, just like a bison’s.
Look at the rate of growth. Beefalo cows grow faster than other types of cattle. A new born beefalo usually weighs from fifty to seventy pounds, and can weigh as much as a thousand pounds in their first year of existence. They are also relatively easy to wean than regular cows. A female beefalo is able to produce an offspring in as early as two years of age. Likewise, mother beefalos are highly protective of their offspring.
Look at the food they eat. Beefalo cows are naturally unselective of their food. This means that they can eat almost any type of grass, even those that won’t, and can’t be eaten by other cattle. This makes raising beefalo cows cheaper and easier than other cattle. In addition, since you don’t need to add special nutrients to their food, you can freely claim that the meat is grass-fed and organic. This solves current consumer needs for meat that is free from artificial hormones that induce growth, and antibiotics.
Look at when they eat. Since beefalo cows easily adapt to hot and cold temperatures, they can graze and feed even when the sun is up. This places them in contrast to other cattle that usually rest under a shade when the temperature is too high.
The hardy characteristic of beefalo cows makes them a popular choice for meat producers. But, remember that you have to register the raising of beefalos with ABWR before you can openly claim and sell that the meat you produce is Beefalo beef.