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Description

Holstein-Freisian Cows are a breed of cattle known today as the world's highest production of dairy animal. They are very large and have very distinctive markings from black and white, mostly black to mostly white, or half and half. They can also be red and white.

Distribution

Holstein-Freisian Cows were originally from Friesland in Holland and first arrived in Australia in the 1850's. They can be found all over Australia, most common in farming communities.

Size

A mature Holstein-Freisian Cow weighs approximately 500 kilograms.

Diet

Holstein-Freisian Cows diet consists of grasses, grains, greens and cracked corn.

Breeding

Fresian heifers start breeding at around 15 months of age, when they weigh over 360 kilograms. The gestation period is about nine and a half months, with a healthy calf weighing between 40 to 45 kilograms or more.

Origin

The history of the Holstein Freisian Cows are a crossbreed of two types of cow. Freisian cows were originally from Friesland in Holland and first arrived in Australia in the 1850's.

Milk

These big cows are the largest milk volume producing cows in the world.

Dairy Industry

Holstein Freisians make up more than 70% of Australia's diary cattle. Holstein Freisians are famous worldwide and are the largest dairy breed in the world.