Central Florida Ag News reports that University of Florida researchers have developed the Ona White Angus breed, partly by accident. The breed’s white coat over dark skin makes it a match for central Florida’s tropical climate.
The research team studied the productivity traits of purebred and crossbred Charolais, Black Angus and Brahman cattle. The team also studied Simmental and Black Brangus breeds.
The Ona White Angus cattle boast the Black Angus’ meat and reproductive qualities, the Brahman’s adaptability and longevity as well as traits that allow it to deal with the area’s climate. The newspaper reports that Ona White Angus heifers are able to sweat more than Black Angus heifers, and also have lower temperatures than Black Angus in direct sunlight.
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