The CSIRO was responsible for developing the Belmont Red Breed Cattle.
The name is derived from the Belmont Research Station near Rockhampton- where the breed was actually conceived. Africander, Hereford and Shorthorn bloodlines have contributed to its development, however the breed society has authorised the inclusion of other breed's genetics as well.
The breeding program began in 1956 but the cattle weren't available for sale until 12 years later. Around the 1950's, there was a gap in the market for a fertile, placid and efficient breed that could live in the Australian tropics- however the breed has also adapted to temperate climates. 1976 saw Indonesia receive the first exports out of Australia. Since its inception, breeders have focused primarily on enhancing growth rate, tick resistance, heat tolerance and fertility.
In Australia today, Belmont Reds are predominantly distributed throughout Queensland, however some herds may be found in other states around the country.
Coat colour will generally be red, however white markings may also appear. The coat is generally short haired and smooth in texture. Efficient weight gain and docility are characteristic, and they are considered to be fertile. The breed also matures quickly, reaching sexual maturity as early as 10 months old. It is for these reasons that Belmont Reds have been crossed with other breeds in order to rectify reproductive deficiencies. The breed has also been acknowledged in a number of trials for quality beef production.
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