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Climates & Breeds

Which cattle breeds do well and where depends on the breed’s genetic preference for climate and conditions. By choosing cattle that suit the environment – from hot northern tropics to more temperate climates down south – will determine the quality of the end resulting beef.    

The bovine family can be split into many subspecies.  In Australia there two main categories of domesticated bovine- Bos Indicus, originating from South Asia and Bos Taurus, from Europe and Britain.

Cattle production in Australia is similarly divided geographically between these two species. The top half of Australia (from Brisbane upwards) is generally home to Bos Indicus while most cattle to the south are Bos Taurus. Overlapping does occur in some areas and cross breeding of these two species can often result in hardy cattle that represent the best of both species.