Why Pineywoods Cattle?
Pineywoods are small and rugged. They do well in a humid climate and they transition easily between pasture and dense south eastern pine forests. They are sound boned with genetic issues being rare. Woods cattle give birth with easy and have no predisposition to hoof problems or mastitis. They are excellent mothers, produce adequate milk, and are diligent with predators. Woods cattle have been found to be more worm resistant than other breeds. They are also able to utilize forage (weeds) better than commercial breeds. Farmers living in hot and humid regions find these cattle to be much lower maintenance than other breeds.
¾ of a cattle ‘unit’ by grazing standards
Cows range 600-900lbs
Bulls range 800-1200lbs
Small framed, well balanced
Within the different strains some are more “rangy” with longer legs and a longer torso, and some are shorter and square
A guinea (dwarf) gene does exist in some stains, although it is rare
Color and pattern
Color and pattern varies widely within the breed. Some strains are known for specific patterns or colors based on the preferences of those early family’s that bred them. Many solid, speckled and brindle colors appear as well as most of the wild type cattle patterns.
Some bloodlines are known for being more tame or aggressive than others. Within the bloodlines, temperament varies by herd and handling. Calves tend to follow the behavior of their mothers .
Herds also tend to revert to a more wild state when management is ‘hands off’ and tame down some when management is more involved.
Horn shape and size vary by strain. Generally they follow the look of their Iberian ancestors. They tend to be medium to long, turning out or up, some with distinctly Spanish twists. Polled genetics do exist in some strains.