Bovis ISSN 2398-2993

Belgian Blue

Synonym(s): Blanc-Bleu Belge

Contributor(s): CABI, Vetstream Ltd, The International Association of Belgian Blue Cattle Breeders

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Introduction

Biological Data

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Weight

  • Male:
    • Birth: 49kg.
    • Mature: 1100-1400kg.
  • Female:
    • Birth: 46kg.
    • Mature: 700-900kg.

Height

  • Male (mature): 144-154cm.
  • Female (mature): 132-145cm.

Colors and distuingishing features

  • The head is light and well proportioned, with a flat, quite wide forehead and wide muzzle. The head is broader, shorter and more massive in males.
  • The animals have short horizontal horns which are set straight out sideways in bulls and curved forward across the forehead in cows.
  • The neck is thick and horizontal in the cow; rounded and convex in the bull.
  • Shoulders are well muscled, in harmony with the adjacent regions. The musculature of the shoulder, scapulo-humeral angle and forearm are particularly well developed in the bull. Withers are wide and muscled, with muscling continuing in a straight line with the neck, at least in the cows, and with the back.
  • The top, backbone and loin are horizontal, wide and muscled. Frequently there is presence of a medial hollow in the middle of the back, which may extend towards the rear (double loin).
  • The chest has rounded ribs and thick muscle cover behind the shoulder, especially in the male. Animals have a wide muscled breast, particularly in the male.
  • They have fine supple skin and an underdeveloped dewlap.
  • The flank is short and full with the fold of the groin extending to the front through a very thick cord.
  • The rump is wide with hidden hips, long and sloping, with developed double musculature particularly in the male.
  • The breed exhibits a coat color polymorphism with three phenotypes: (i) all white, (ii) blue or roan, which is due to the mixture of black and white hairs or (iii) black. A piebald pattern is always expressed in the blue and black animals. Moreover, the ‘color sided’ pattern is also found in the breed.

Breed History and Information

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