Dutch Belted Cattle
Dutch Belted cattle are very rare. The latest reports published by The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy indicate that there are fewer than 2000 Dutch Belted animals left in the world. Dutch Belted cattle originated in The Netherlands in the seventeenth century and first appeared in the United States in 1838. These animals are a dairy breed and are often confused with other belted breeds such as The Belted Galloway and BueLingo that are raised for the production of beef. Dutch Belted cows can produce over 20,000 pounds of milk a year with 3.5 to 5.5% butterfat concentrations on grass pastures without supplementation. The breed characteristically has a white belt around its midsection on a primarily black background. This is why they are often called “Oreo Cookie Cows”. Red backgrounds are also recognized, but these animals are very rare; indeed. Dutch Belted cows typically weigh between 900 and 1500 pounds and the bulls are usually 1350 - 2000 pounds. The cows will continue to produce great quantities and qualities of milk along with sustained calving rates well into their late teens.
We have raised Dutch Belted cattle since 1989. We started with two cows and a heifer. Our original purchased “herd” was extremely inbred. We have used artificial insemination to introduce new bloodlines into our animals from the start of the operation. We do not milk our herd but have used AI sires that have produced cows with phenomenal milking records. We raise this breed to help keep it alive globally. Our cows are managed on improved grass pastures that are rotated regularly. We try to keep our herd numbers around ten producing females. We will readily sell our heifers and young bulls as they are available. Please contact us if you would like to purchase one of our animals. All of our cattle are registered with The Dutch Belted Cattle Association of America and are 100% pureblooded Dutch Belt.