The Santa Gertrudis is red in colour and display a blend of Bos indicus and Bos taurus attributes. They have a short, straight slick coat with loose and moveable skin which is red in pigmentation. Their confirmation is broad, strong and well muscled, they may be polled or horned.
Mature Santa Gertrudis bulls weigh in excess of 900 kg and a mature Santa cow can weigh up to 750kg. Daily weight gains of Santa Gertrudis bulls is regularly monitored at more than 1.5kg per day.
Females with adequate conditions will breed at 12-14 months of age and produce their first calf as a two-year old. The Santa Gertrudis is an above average producer of milk. Due to this heavy milk production she will also wean a heavier calf.
A female can remain in production well past her 12th birthday and may stay in the breeding herd as long as 18 years.
Santa Gertrudis are adaptable to most climates, environments and terrains. Their make-up of 3/8 Brahman, 5/8 Shorthorn has proved to be ideal in most of the varied environments around the world.
Their thick hide serves as insulation to the cold and as a barrier to insects and parasites. The presence of sweat glands in their loose hide also helps thrm dissipate heat in warm environments. Santa Gertrudis are very disease resistant and will stay healthy in feedlots and confined environments. Santa Gertrudis cattle are hardy animals that will travel long distances in search of forage or water.
- Exceptional maternal traits
- Calving ease
- Feed efficiency
- Rapid growth
- Quality beef
- Less prone to disease and parasites