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Belmont Red is a breed of beef cattle developed by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) during 1954 in response to the need in the Australian Tropics for cattle which would improve the fertility of Bos indicus cattle. The breed was conceived at Belmont Research Station as a composite from several Bos taurus breeds: Africander (African Sanga), Hereford and Shorthorn. The breed was released to Australian breeders by the CSIRO in 1969.
Selected traits were higher fertility, high resistance to ticks, superior heat tolerance, good growth, better meat quality, a placid temperament, and feed efficiency on grass or in the feedlot.
Rigid selection for these traits of economical importance has resulted in the evolution of well adapted cattle to both a tropical and temperate environment.
Belmont Reds have achieved many wins and placings in Carcass competitions.
- Stephens, M (et al.), Handbook of Australian Livestock, Australian Meat & Livestock Export Corporation, 2000 (4th ed), ISBN 1-74036-216-0
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