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Breed History

Cattle breeders in the mid 19th Century found that the Cumberland Shorthorn, crossed with the Galloway produced an attractive Blue Grey coloured animal which quickly became popular for both breeding and feeding.

The hybrid Blue Grey cow became popular as it was more than able to suckle their calves on moderately poor grazing, while able to produce calves which will satisfy the requirements of the market for quality meat. The Blue Grey was found to be a faster maturing animal than other breeds, and the steers were valued highly by farmers for fattening.


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