About Irish Black Cattle

Six Reasons to Choose
Irish Blacks and Irish Reds

Irish Black® and Irish Red® cattle carry genetically dominant traits desired by the U.S. beef industry. The breed's well-balanced conformation and superior performance efficiently and consistently produces quality beef.
Learn more about the History of Irish Black Cattle.

Performance Traits

  • Short gestation period of 277 days
  • Excellent mother traits
  • High milk production
  • Smaller teats so calves can latch on easily
  • Excellent udders
  • Large pelvic scores
  • Vigorous calves with reports of improved calf survival rates
  • Moderate framed, cows mature at 1050-1250 lbs. and bulls at 1650-1900 lbs. which means they are cheaper to maintain than larger animals
  • Light birth weights, calves average between low 60's to mid 70's
  • Efficient, ratio of less than 5 achievable
  • Average daily gain greater than 4lbs. achievable
  • Easy fleshing, ability to finish by 14 months of age
  • High tenderness
  • High marbling proven by ultrasound and genetic testing
  • Back fat less than .20"
  • Highly fertile, bulls can settle 50-70 cows
  • Extreme longevity
  • Hardy
  • Mild tempered
  • Resiliency to altitude disease

Cattle Resources

Learn more from industry resources about how Irish Black traits can help your herd. We've compiled several industry articles to help you grow your business.
Visit the Irish Black Cattle Association to learn more about the history of the breed.