BREEDING OF THE BELGIAN BLUE COW IN MEAT
Belgian blue cow – a meat breed was bred by Belgian breeders in the first half of the XX century. This happened after the discovery of a special section of DNA that blocks the production of myostanin (a protein that inhibits muscle growth) in the body.
For several years, a careful selection of individuals with the best meatiness was carried out. Then the breed was obtained in its modern form. At the first acquaintance, the blue cow looks very much like a bodybuilder! Already at 6 weeks of age, the calf is noticeably manifested, the breed is characterized by double muscles.
BELGIAN BLUE MEAT BREED OF COWS
Belgian blue is most common in Germany, France and the Benelux countries. In the CIS, it is quite rare.
A characteristic feature of this type of cow is its incredibly developed muscles, which distinguishes it favorably from other individuals. Thanks to its tremendous muscle mass, this species has become a favorite among farmers who grow cows for meat.
The secret is that Belgian cows have a special gene that allows muscles to grow without stopping at any age almost until their death. In representatives of other breeds, development always stops after reaching a certain age or size. But not the Belgian blue. Imagine that the calf shows a daily weight gain of 1 kg!
This species implies the possibility of crossbreeding with dairy breeds of cows. The mass of calves obtained after mating is usually 10-20% higher than that of their usual relatives. And the indicator of milk production is not bad: from 2.5 thousand liters in 200 days of lactation.
PROS AND CONS OF THE BELGIAN BLUE BLUE COW
Although its rounded shape and developed back resemble a piglet, the blue cow moves well thanks to its highly developed legs. This is a bit surprising, because with such a weight it would seem extremely difficult to do. However, the Belgian blue cow is a good “athlete.”
The color variations of a blue cow are varied:
As for anthropometry, the bulls grow up to 1.5 meters in height with a weight of 1100-1250 kg. Cows are somewhat slimmer: growth rarely exceeds 1m. 40cm., And their weight is usually about 900 kg. Livestock specialists especially value this breed for the so-called “double muscle”, due to which the meat yield from the carcass is about 70%.
The main benefits of Belgian blue cow meat:
High rates of daily weight gain (in adult gobies, the daily gain is 1300g.-1900g.).
Low fat content.
A huge yield of meat from one carcass, which allows you to actually receive several times more profit than from cows of other meat breeds.
The negative factors of Belgian blue include the following factors:
Some veterinarians point out that during lambing it is quite difficult to do without a caesarean section. This is because, due to the size of the fetus and structural features of the pelvic organs, it is difficult for a cow to give birth independently. On the other hand, the more rational explanation is the fact that, due to the high cost and uniqueness of the breed, the birth of calves is naturally very risky, therefore many livestock breeders prefer to be safe by resorting to the artificial extraction of the fetus from the uterus. Some farmers circumvent this problem by crossing Belgian blue with ordinary cows.
Due to their overdeveloped muscles, the cows often suffer from the front legs, which are subject to a significant proportion of the load. That is why, closer to old age, blue Belgian cows have problems with limbs.
Attention! An important feature for the cultivation of sack mass is a special technology for feeding calves with milk. Up to two months of age, calves are fed according to a special scheme designed for 350 liters for the entire period.
WHERE TO BUY A BELGIAN BLUE COW
For a steak.
It is difficult to buy a Belgian breed from us, because here the process of breeding Belgian blue is still at the initial stage. The easiest way is to order a calf from Europe. This will cost you around $ 2,000 plus shipping costs.
Also, a popular method of growing Belgian blue cows is the artificial insemination of our cows with seed material ordered from Europe. Such a service costs 300-400 euros per 100 sperm doses. The parcel is sent from Belgium by mail, while being delivered in a special box that supports all the necessary conditions so that the seed does not lose its properties.
By purchasing a Belgian blue, you will receive not only an exotic pet that will surprise all your friends, but also make an excellent financial investment. The amount of milk obtained over the years, the content of the cow, as well as the weight of the meat after slaughter easily beat all your costs!