Bovis ISSN 2398-2993

Ayrshire

Synonym(s): Calder cattle, Dunlop, Cunningham

Contributor(s): CABI, Vetstream Ltd, The Ayrshire Cattle Society,

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Introduction

Biological Data

Normal

Weight

  • Female:
    • Mature: 540-590kg.
  • Male:
    • Birth: 40kg.
    • Mature: 800-1000kg.

Height

  • Female (mature): 137-154cm.
  • Male (mature): 142-165cm.

Colors and distuingishing features

  • The Ayrshire is a medium-sized breed.
  • Cows have a dairy, wedge-shaped body giving good capacity.
  • Cows have a symmetrical, well-attached udder, both fore and hind.
  • Teats are well-positioned with good test quality.
  • It is naturally horned, with upright horns often lyre-shaped, but usually calves are dehorned at birth.
  • Although almost all Ayrshire cattle have now been dehorned, their horns in earlier times were a hallmark of the breed, curving gracefully out and then up and slightly back.
  • Color is red-and-white, although occasional black-and-white animals occur. Brindle is not favored, but is not a disqualification.

Breed History and Information

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Societies

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