Dairy Breeds

Dairy Breeds — Milking Shorthorn


Dairy Barn, Canada Agriculture and Food Museum


Shorthorns were first brought to Canada in the early 1800s as a multipurpose breed. Shorthorn cattle could be raised for meat, produce milk, and serve as draft animals. Today, the Milking Shorthorn has developed into a hardy, good-natured, efficient milk producer. Like the beef cattle Shorthorn, the Milking Shorthorn comes in red, white, and roan (a blend of red and white hairs). It has an excellent food conversion rate (the ability to turn food into milk) and a moderately high milk output.

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