This cattle originated in the center and upper Belgium and, at the same time, they represent almost half of the cattle of the national herd. Local cattle red and black Pied pied-crossbred with Shorthorn cattle imported from England from 1850 to 1890. Some sources also mention the introduction of Charolais breeding throughout the 19th century. A true breeding policy was established at the beginning of the century 20 when the race was established. At one time, the breed is divided into two strains, one mainly for the production of milk and the other an animal of beef. The selection is now mainly for beef.
The Belgian blue cattle breed is relatively new in the United States, but it is rapidly gaining acceptance among meat breeders and dairy farmers. Belgian Blue-White Bovine, as they currently exist are the result of selective genetic breeding and development carried out in Belgium by Professor Handset at the Avian Influenza Center in the province of Liège. At the end of the fifties, a debate arose among the breeders, the question is whether the type of dual purpose should be maintained since it was or to select more muscles. The musculature prevailed. With respect to this critical period, three famous AI bulls must be cited: Gedeon and two of his grandchildren and Ganache Vasseur. From them came the model of the race.
Physical characteristics of the Belgian Blue
The Belgian blue is a large animal, with a rounded contour and prominent muscles. The shoulder, the back, the back, and the tail are very muscular. The back is straight, the group is inclined, the tail system is prominent and the skin is fine. It was fine, but strong legs and can easily walk.
The color can be white, blue or black roan at times. The breed is known for its calm temperament. Weight and height of average registered animals:
12 months £ 1047. 47.2 «816 lbs. 45.3 »
24 months £ 1709. 53.2« 1102 lbs. 48.0 »
European comparisons between the Belgian blue and Charolais found the Belgian blue to have a superior musculature, milk production, and weight gain. The Belgian blue animals were also older in sexual maturity. The interval between calving and calf mortality was approximately equal and Belgian blue performed low on calving ease and calving rate. Some sources stated that delivery in Belgian cows is often by cesarean section.
The results of the studies carried out in Belgium show that the characteristics of the Belgian blue channel were expressed in the commercial crossings whose value was then substantially increased.
The observation explains the growing interest in the Belgian blue breed as a terminal stallion, the composition of the channel and its potential for growth.