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Shorthorn - bull - Canada/USA

(most common name)
(transboundary/brand name)

(local/other name):
• American Beef Shorthorn
• American Polled Shorthorn
• Beef Shorthorn
• Canadian Beef Shorthorn
• Canadian Polled Shorthorn
• Polled Shorthorn

The modern Shorthorn of Canada and the USA began in 1783 in Virginia with imported dual-purpose Shorthorn cattle from Durham, York, Lincoln, and Northumberland in northeastern England. At that time, these imported cattle were known as ‘Durham’ cattle.

The Shorthorn can be horned or polled. As compared to the British Beef Shorthorn, their heads are longer and less blocky.

This page was last updated on: 2020-01-01

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