Bovis ISSN 2398-2993

Friesian

Synonym(s): Holstein-Friesian, black and white

Contributor(s): CABI, Vetstream Ltd, Al Manning

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Introduction

  • The Friesian is both a dairy and a beef breed.
  • It's main strength is it's high milk yield.
  • Friesians are routinely crossed with Holsteins Holsteins to produce Holstein-Friesians. It is less usual to come across pure Friesians.
  • To be considered Friesian, an animal must have greater than 87.5% Friesian genetics.

Biological Data

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Weight

  • The average live weight of an adult Friesian is approximately 500-600kg.
    • For Holstein-Friesians the averages would be:
      • Male: 1150-1200kg.
      • Females: 650-750kg.
  • The New Zealand Friesians are smaller at approximately 436kg for lighter cows and 500kg for heavier cows.

Height

  • The average height of adult males and females is 160-165cm and 140-150cm respectively.
  • The Polish Friesian has an average of 140cm for males and 134cm for females.

Colors and distinguishing features

  • Friesian cattle are naturally horned, however are generally De-horned or disbudded De-horned or disbudded as calves.
  • They have a fair skin and distinctive multicolored black and white coat markings.

Breed History and Information

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