- The Holstein produces the most milk of all breeds.
- The production record is held by the cow Raim Mark Jinx -- over 100,000 glasses of milk!
- The origins of the Holstein are uncertain, but records mention black-and-white cattle in
the northern Netherlands before the 1600s.
- The Dutch first brought Holsteins into New York; at that time the cows were simply called
- A newspaper editor named them Holstein-Friesian, which was later shortened to Holstein.
- The US breed society
formed in 1871.
- Holsteins are typically white cows with big, black spots that usually
cover 50% of the cow's body.
- But, the spot coverage can range from none at all (an all white cow)
to complete (an all black cow).
- Occasionally, a red-spotted Holstein will be born. Red
is the recessive color.
- Holsteins have a broad face with a wide muzzle, and a tall, stately stance.
A Field Guide to Cows,
by John Pukite, Falcon Press, Helena, Montana, 1996, pp. 16-17.