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About Irish Black Cattle

Seven 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.

Maurice Boney spent his lifetime toward achieving the ideal cow who would efficiently and profitably produce great-tasting beef. He dedicated nearly 50 years to breeding cattle for consistent and proven genetics. Today, we continue Mr. Boney’s commitment to the Irish Black and Irish Red breed. Through our early investments in some of Mr. Boney’s proven herd sires and females, we are now proud to be a premier seedstock producer of purebred Irish Black and Irish Red cattle.

At Long Pines Land & Livestock, we know first-hand how well these cattle perform on the ranch, in a feedlot setting and on the plate. We are confident that these genetics will work in any cattle ranch, and we are passionate about promoting this breed and its benefits.

Learn more about the history of Irish Black Cattle by clicking here.

So why Irish Blacks and Irish Reds?
Here are seven ways the breed will work for you:

Performance Traits

  • Short gestation period of 277 days
  • Excellent maternal traits
  • High milk production
  • Smaller teats so calves can latch on easily
  • Excellent udders
  • Large pelvic scores
  • Vigorous calves with improved calf survival
  • Moderate framed, cows mature at 1050-1250 lbs. and bulls at 1650-1900 lbs. which means they are cheaper to maintain
  • Lighter birth weights calves, averaging low 60 lbs. to mid 70 lbs.
  • Average daily gain greater than 4 lbs. attainable
  • 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.