Saturday, June 27, 2009

44. Young Holstein

A young Holstein heifer, no it's a Friesian.  While at the horse show yesterday, a young lady studying animal science at NC State enlightened me. The name depends on where you are. America ( holstein ) or Europe ( friesian ). There are also Holstein-Friesian. If  I have this right, Holstein-Friesians were imported to in the US in the 1800's.  A cattle disease in Europe caused the end of the importing. In Europe, the cattle were used for both dairy and beef, while in the US they were developed strictly as dairy cows. European cows became the Friesians and the US the Holsteins. Later after World War II, when dairy and beef production in Europe became more specialized, the US Hosteins were crossed with the European stock for dairy production, thus the Holstein-Friesian. The breed originated in a northern region of what is now the Netherlands, Friesland. It has nothing whatsoever to do with the German region of Holstein.

Young Holstein
4 x 6 Oil on Canvas

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