Some of the desirable attributes of the Red Poll breed are:
Versatility in Crossbreeding Programmes
Red Poll bulls will produce
a uniform herd of cattle from any mixed lot of cows. The first cross
females will produce more milk than their mothers and the pigmentation virtually
eliminates eye cancer when crossed with the white-faced breeds.
The breed is noted for its ability to
produce a calf each year. With a productive life of up to fifteen years,
you can be assured of a large number of calves from each Red Poll female.
Early maturity of the Red Poll allows heifers to be
mated at an early age and to drop a calf at two years of age. The females
are noticeably wide across the hips and pin bones and the bulls are not big in
the head or heavy in the shoulders. This results in relatively small,
quick growing calves.
Red Poll females are noted for their high production of
milk and butterfat. Together with their excellent mothering ability, good
quality vealers can be produced each year.
The end point of a beef breeding enterprise is the
production of carcases which are suitable for all sections of the meat
trade. Butchers recognise the merit of the Red Poll. Success in
inter-breed carcase competitions is also proof of these qualities. Feedlot
performance is often superior to other breeds.
Red Poll cattle are inherently docile and easily managed
in small or large herds. Being polled is a tremendous advantage because it
reduces bruising of the meat and less injuries to the handlers.
The Red Poll is extremely adaptable to a variety
of environmental conditions. They are efficient food converters and
require minimum supplementary care when run on good pastures.
Red Polls have the ability to produce marbling in their
Red Poll cattle are equally suitable for hobby farmers or serious cattle
breeders, because they are a medium sized animal with natural immunity to many
of the usual cattle problems. They have good temperaments, and are easy to