Holstein cattle

Holstein cattle are incredibly popular. Indeed, the Holstein breed of dairy cattle is by far the number one breed in the world for milk production.

Holstein cattle

Milk yields of up to and over 14,000 litres in a year (in a duster that milks the cows 4 times per day) have been recorded. In one large farming system – the Almarai farms in Saudi Arabia – the 66,000 cows produce over 14,000 litres on average, per year.

Holstein cattle

Back in Europe the average is around 7,500 litres. This can vary from a 6,000 litre average on a low cost, spring calving, grass based, farming system on twice a day milking to 12,000 litres on a three times a day milking, highly intensive system.

Holstein cattle characteristics

Holstein cattle originated in Europe. The breed developed from black animals and white animals used by the Batavians and the Friesians (ancient Germanic tribes who lived along the Dutch Rhine Delta) around 2000 years ago.  A breeding program focused on producing animals which would make the very best use of the area’s most abundant resource – grass. The end result is the highly efficient, milk-producing, black and white dairy cow we know today.

Cows typically weigh around 680 kilos. A healthy calf weighs around 40 kilos. Calf growth is rapid and they are easy to care for. Indeed, Holsteins are good-natured and easy to handle.

Holstein cattle also contribute to the worldwide meat supply. They are also often cross-bred with beef breeds to produce a better quality meat.

Little wonder then that Holstein cattle can now be found in most countries around the world.

Sourcing cattle across Europe

David Clarke Livestock source top quality Holstein cattle from here in Ireland and throughout Europe. Our strong relationship with the IHFA (Irish Holstein Friesian association) helps us to source top quality Holstein cattle in Ireland that will suit any system.

Holstein cattle

Elsewhere in Europe, we are also able to source Holstein cattle from quality breeding lines. David Clarke Livestock has been sourcing top quality cattle from destinations such as France, Germany and Holland for over 25 years. Be it intensive high yielding Holsteins for indoor systems or a grass based system, our friendly team can find Holstein cattle to best suit your farming system.

Holstein cattle for sale and much more

David Clarke Livestock also supply Ayrshire, British Friesian, NZ Friesian, Guernsey, Kerry and Jersey crosses.

Our shopping list for dual purpose cattle includes Rotbunt, Montbéliarde, Brown Swiss, Norwegian Red, Danish Red and Fleckvieh/Simmental.

Beef cattle include Aubrac, Aberdeen Angus, Blonde d’Aquitaine, Salers, Hereford, Devon, Limousin and Charolais. Parthenais and Galloway cattle can also be sourced. Beef and dairy Shorthorn are also often available.

Find out more about our dairy cattle service and beef cattle service.

To discuss your requirements, please contact us on 00353 87 2576434.