Wills Point, Texas

The Origins of Beefmaster




Beefmaster


Handerosa's own Beefmaster Bull, Watt 1043

Origin: United States; Early 20th Century
Developed from: Shorthorn 25%, Hereford 25%, Brahman 50% (Percentages are estimations)
Developed by: Tom Lasater and Father Ed Lasater (1930s)
Bred for: Milk and Beef
Interesting fact: First new breed of cattle registered to the United States.
Best known for: “Six Essentials – weight, conformation, milking ability, fertility, hardiness and disposition”
More information: www.beefmasters.org

Shorthorn


Photo courtesy of American Shorthorn Association

Origin: North East England; Late 18th century
Developed from: Teeswater and Durham cattle
Bred for: Dairy and Beef
Color: Red, White, or Roan
Genetic Off-springs: Beef Shorthorn, Dairy Shorthorn, Whitebred Shorthorn
Interesting fact: In 1810, Comet, a Durham cattle, was auctioned off for 1000 guineas, the equivalent of 97,778 dollars in today’s money.
More information: www.shorthorn.org

Brahman


Image_of_Brahman_Bull

Photo courtesy of American Brahman Breeders Association

Origin: United States; Early 20th Century
Developed from: Gyr, Gujarat, Nelore, and Krishna Valley
Bred for: Breeding and Beef
Color: White and Grey
Gentic Off-springs: Brangus, Beefmaster, Simbrah, and Santa Gertrudis
Interesting fact: First beef cattle breed developed in the United States. Brahman live longer than average and often still calf at age 15 and older.
Best known for: Ability to withstand heat and resistance to insects
More information: www.brahman.org

Hereford


Image of Hereford Bull

Photo courtesy of The Hereford Cattle Association

Origin: Herefordshire, England; 18th Century
Bred for: Milk and Beef
Color: White face with red body
Genetic Off-springs: Polled Herford (These “polled” cattle have a natural genetic mutation that mean they are born without horns)
Interesting fact: Over 5 million cattle of Hereford pedigree in more than 50 countries.
More information: www.herefordcattle.org