RED BRAHMAN CATTLE -
Brahman Cattle (Bos indicus, cattle of India) were imported beginning significantly in 1854. They are environmentally adaptive especially to heat, exhibit longevity, good mothering ability, and efficient feed conversion to produce low-fat beef. Today, they are often crossed with other breeds to promote hybrid vigor exhibiting their positive qualities. Crosses bred at the farm produce excellent fast growing calves. Brahman came to Elm Tree Farm in 2008 after the Mrs. of the farm fell in love with the long ears and woeful eyes. Although the animals may be red, gray, black, or speckled; those maintained at Elm Tree Farm are red and breeding focuses on gentle stock with longer ears like their Gir ancestors, but with muscle for beef production. Gir are also known for their milking prowess.
The Brahman cattle are excellent parents. Unlike other breeds on the farm, they keep the calves close to the herd and are often seen all lying in a protective circle. The mothers seldom get more than a few feet from their calves and calves will walk under and around all members of the herd. Although most that we have are agreeable for us to move near new calves, we tread carefully when doing so as they can be very protective. The herd is un-trusting of strangers, tolerates the pasture guard dogs, but keeps them in their place especially when they have calves.