Lineback cattle

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  1. CountryFried

    CountryFried Well-Known Member

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    Does anyone here raise Lineback or skunk cattle ? I've seen a recent article in Farm and Ranch magazine , and think they are pretty neat. Any ideas about how to find some ?

    Thanks,
    Sherry
     
  2. Tom McLaughlin

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    Try the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy..www.albc-usa.org. They have a breeders list..
     

  3. spring77

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    Well, there are linebacks and then there are linebacks. The Randall Blue Lineback is sort of a "rare breed" type of cow. Then there are lots of more common lineback cattle that seem to be more or less a neat color pattern that some people have found/bred for in their holstiens. Pretty much what you are looking at with an "American Lineback" is a nifty looking holstien for the most part.

    I see two or three of them go through whenever I go to the livestock auction calf sale on mondays here in NE PA so somebody in the Wyalusing PA area has a barn full of them.

    Up in New England there is also some holstien breeders with what they call "Glouchester linebacks" which are solid black colorsided with a clear white stripe like a Pinzgauer done in black. They are popular to sell as bull calves for flashy teams of 4-H oxen.
     
  4. Jennifer122102

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    My oxen are Randall Linebacks. We also have a weird looking lineback cross heifer calf we are raising to join the beef herd. I have found them to be incredibly hardy animals. The Randall's have never been sick, and only once had a spot of ringworm on their butts and it cleared up very fast. They stay on the smaller side, don't get as big as holsteins would. I love them, wish I could get more.

    Jennifer
     
  5. Tom McLaughlin

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  6. CountryFried

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    Spring77, I just read about the difference in the Linebacks, just like you said. Thanks.

    Jen and Tom , appreciate the input as to your satisfaction with them, and where to look for them.

    We live in E. Tenn. and I've yet to see any.
     
  7. Taylor

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    If you contact Ralph Ward, farm manager at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, near Harrodsburg, KY, you might find some. He was raising some a few years ago. They were beautiful, and very different, seemed to be hardy.
    http://www.shakervillageky.org/