American cattle

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The American is a breed of cattle originating in the United States and known for its heritage as an American Bison hybrid. It was developed in the 1950s by a New Mexico rancher looking for beef cattle which could survive on poor fodder in the arid Southwest.

Today the American is one of only a few pure breeds with any known Bison genetics, with the more well-known breed being the Beefalo.[1] Art Jones, the original breeder, began by crossing Hereford, Shorthorn and Charolais, and later added extensive crosses with Brahman cattle and Bison.[2] Today all individuals of this rare breed display the genetic marker for Bison ancestry.[1] American cattle are varying in appearance, though nearly all display the floppy Brahman ears, slight humps, and many have horns.

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  1. ^ a b Ekarius, Carol (2008). Storey's Illustrated Breed Guide to Sheep, Goats, Cattle and Pigs. Storey Publishing. ISBN 978-1-60342-036-5. 
  2. ^ "American Breed". Oklahoma State University Dept. of Animal Science. Archived from the original on 2009-04-30.