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Holstein-Friesian cattle also known as Holstein cattle or Friesian cattle are the world's highest milk producing cattle. They have originated in Netherlands and with selective breeding the present black-white high milk yielding cows have come into being. Though earlier Friesian were bred for both milk and beef in Europe, the American Holsteins were improved for dairy purpose. The cross between them known as Holstein-Friesian is a typical dairy animal.

Holstein-Friesian are also found to have black patches replaced by red coloration. Red coloration is due to a recessive gene. The black and white coloration can be anywhere between near black to near white coloration.

The calves of Holstein-Friesian cows weigh up to 45 kilos at birth. A mature Holstein-Friesian weighs up to 600 kg and stands 150 cm tall at shoulder. The heifers are bred at the age of 15 months and they calve when they are around two years. The gestation period usually lasts for about 290 days.

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Description Friesian-Holstein breed
Image source Cow from http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/graphics/photos/ Image Number K5176-3 Photo by Keith Weller.
Image modified by User:Mahmood
PermissionThis image is in the public domain because it contains materials that originally came from the Agricultural Research Service, the research agency of the United States Department of Agriculture. This modified picture is also released under the above terms by the User:Mahmood.

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