Blue Grey Cattle
Cattle breeders in the mid 19th Century found
that the Shorthorn, particularly the white strain, when crossed
with the Galloway produced an animal of attractive blue-grey
colour which quickly became popular for both breeding and feeding.
|Blue Grey Bulling
The Bluegrey was found to be a faster maturing
animal than other breeds, and the steers were valued highly
by farmers for fattening.
The true Blue-grey is bred by crossing a Galloway
cow with the Whitebred Shorthorn Bull.
The Blue Grey cow is more than able to suckle
their calves on moderately poor grazing, while able to produce
calves which will satisfy the requirements of the market for
|Blue Greys at Terrona,
The Blue Grey female excels as a hill suckler cow with her
good milking potential. She is hardy and easy to maintain.
Calving into their ‘teens of years is by no means uncommon
and the Blue Grey cow can carry her age particularly well – a
factor often associated with not only the Blue Grey but also
the Whitebred Shorthorn.
A herd of Blue Grey cows mated to any Continental or Traditional
terminal sire provides a low cost hill suckler unit which is
easily managed, and able to withstand harsh winters and utilise
poor grazing efficiently. The Blue Grey is an increasingly
popular choice for conservation grazing projects.