Cows do not go to the gym – that is for sure yet the cows of the Belgian Blue Cattle race appear to have ripped muscles that make them appear like they are spending several hours doing bench presses and barbell lifts!
The cows also appear to be on steroids but the truth is that this cattle race had been selectively bred for over 200 years from the combination of the native red-pied and black-pied cattle of central and upper Belgium with the Shorthorn bulls from the United Kingdom because breeders wanted to have cattle with leaner meat.
It is also believed that Charolais breeding was introduced to in the 19th century.
Over the years, the breeders were able to achieve their purpose, producing these odd-looking cows that are made up of a lot of muscles and so much lesser fats.
The muscled cows do look quite intimidating, even scary if you walk up to them up close (if you dare!) but these muscled creatures possibly have cool temperament, especially since they are being bred for food and must be brought to the butcher’s shop at some point in their lives.
The Belgian Blue Cattle species is truly a magnificent example of scientific breeding; though a lot of people think such selective breeding is actually tampering with nature and could produce undesirable effects for humans who consume these cows’ meat.
What do you think of these cows?
Breeding Cows for Meat
Beef is a common commodity in markets and grocery stores. In the US alone, there are 1 million beef producers raising over 94 million heads of beef cattle. The country is home to 10% of the world’s cattle yet produces as much as 25% of the world’s beef.
There are many different breeds of beef cattle, with the US having 50 species of these animals. The most popular beef cattle breeds are Angus, Charolais, Brahman, and Hereford.