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For the breed of tomatoes, see Beefsteak tomato.

Beefmaster is a breed of beef cattle that was developed in the early 1930s by Tom Lasater (the breed founder), after his father Ed c. Lasater created the breed, from a crossing of Hereford cows and Shorthorn cows with Brahman bulls. The exact mixture of the foundation cattle is unknown, but is thought to be about 25% Hereford, 25% Shorthorn and 50% Brahman. It was the first new breed of cattle registered in the United States.[1] The original intention was to produce cattle that could produce economically in the difficult environment of South Texas. The cattle were selected by using the Six Essentials – weight, conformation, milking ability, fertility, hardiness and disposition. Though there are no standards for color, most are red to light red, with white mottled spots. these cattle are a dual purpose breed, meaning that they can be used for milk as well as beef.


  1. ^ Eric Schlosser, Fast Food Nation, p.256

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