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Adult Weight:
1500 - 2400 lbs


Experience Level:

Excellent temperament, growth rate, and hardiness

Country of Origin:

Lincoln Red

The Lincoln Red was developed in Lincolnshire, Britain in the early 1800s, a time of much breed development and livestock improvement. They are related to Shorthorn cattle and were originally registered in the Coates Herd Book, but in 1896 they began their own herd book.

Lincoln Red cattle began as a dual purpose breed but are now selected for beef production. When continental beef breeds were imported to Britain in the 1970’s and 1980’s, many beef breeds lost ground through crossbreeding programs that did not plan for replacement of the purebreds. A small number of uncrossed Lincoln Red cattle remain in Great Britain, where they are known as Lincoln Red –Original Population, and these are critically endangered.

Lincoln Reds were imported to the United States and Canada in the 1960’s and early 1970’s, just prior to the breed improvement program that allowed outcrossing of Lincoln Red cattle in Britain. Although The Livestock Conservancy’s criteria for inclusion on the CPL say that breeds must have a long history in the United States, Lincoln Red cattle are a good example of the handful of breeds that are included because they are at risk globally, and the U.S. population contributes in a significant way to global conservation.

Lincoln Red cattle are deep cherry red in color with excellent temperament, growth rate, and hardiness. Most are polled. It is important to keep the horned ones because, just as with Dexter cattle, the polled trait was introduced through a grade-up program and is not original to the breed. Lincoln Reds are well suited to colder climates, and represent a viable option for small scale beef production. There are fewer than 50 registered each year in North America.

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