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.
More than 40 years of closed book line-breeding in Irish Black cattle creates a small gene pool. All of Long Pines' registered cattle are DNA tested to guarantee parentage.
Genetic consistency of Irish Blacks and Irish Reds enables more reliable transmission of desirable genetic performance traits.
The Irish Black breed scores extremely high for carcass traits, particularly in tenderness and marbling. Ultrasound data confirms consistent real world performance.
From cow/calf, backgrounding to finishing on grain or grass, Irish Black cattle will help increase profits across the spectrum.
Proven successful in every production environment in the U.S. and in Canada, the Irish Black breed performs well on high-altitude rangeland and humid coastal regions. They withstand the coldest of winters, yet slick off to handle the heat.
Mature, 18-month and older Irish Black bulls are capable of breeding 50-70 females, meaning fewer bulls are needed for a cow herd.
- 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
- Mild tempered
- Resiliency to altitude disease
Visit the Irish Black Cattle Association to learn more about the history of the breed.