Bovis ISSN 2398-2993

Gelbvieh

Contributor(s): CABI, Vetstream Ltd, The British Gelbvieh Cattle Society,

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Introduction

  • Pronounced Gelb-fee.

Biological Data

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Weight

  • Weight ranges from 650 to 850 kg and 1100 up to 1300 kg for mature cows and bulls, respectively.
  • Female (birth): 38kg.
  • Male (birth): 40kg.
  • Female (mature): 650-850kg.
  • Male (mature): 1100-1300kg.

Height

  • Height at withers averages 140 cm and 148 to 156 cm.
  • Female: 140cm.
  • Male: 148-156cm.

Colors and distuingishing features

  • Gelbvieh are described as a medium to large framed muscular breed similar to the Simmental Simmental, Charolais Charolais and Limousin Limousin cattle breeds with long well balanced and well fleshed bodies and dark hard hooves.
  • Cattle have fine hair and strong skin pigmentation, making them suited to both temperate and arid conditions.
  • Through selective breeding programmes a totally pigmented animal is considered the norm in the United States as pigmentation is thought to reduce problems associated with soft hooves, sunburned udders and eye cancer Ocular neoplasia.
  • Gelbvieh coat color has been described as cream to reddish yellow. However it is also variously described as red, reddish gold to russet or black with strong skin pigmentation, yellow, from straw colored to reddish, with a ring of light hair around the eyes and a pink muzzle. Although originally a horned breed, polled cattle have developed in the United States bred from naturally hornless females.

Breed History and Information

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