Belted cattle

cattle originally from Dutch stock, having a broad band of white round the middle, while the rest of the body is black; - called also blanketed cattle.
See under Belted, Black.

See also: Belted, Cattle

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Barnum was one of the first Americans to import Dutch Belted cattle.
Dutch Belted cattle mature early and exhibit high fertility.
This breed traces back to belted cattle from mountain farms in Switzerland and Austria, highly prized for their milking and fattening ability.
Dutch Belted cattle are known for their longevity with many teenage cows still in production.
I became aware of Dutch Belted cattle while starting a search for a family milk cow after moving back to the country.
It included a member's list of the Dutch Belted Cattle Association of America (DBCAA) and after some calling, I found a farmer several hours away who had a 75% cow and her heifer for sale, although they had no papers.
You can also write to Dutch Belted Cattle Association of America, c/o American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, PO Box 477, Pittsboro, NC 27312 or call them at 919-542-5704.
Dutch Belted cattle have a history dating back over 300 years in The Netherlands, and have been a part of the American dairy scene since the mid-1800s.
The last time this many purebred Dutch Belted cattle were offered at auction was in 1977.
The Dutch were very protective of their belted cattle and did not encourage their export.
The Dutch Belted is considered a critically rare breed; there are only about 200 registered Dutch Belted cattle in the United States.