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An Amerifax bull.The Amerifax originated in the United States and is one of the most famous "made in the U.S.A" breeds of cattle.   When the National Amerifax Association was established in 1977, the foundations of this American species were laid. They are a mixture of 5/8 Angus and 3/8 Beef Friesian. The name stems from American Friesian-Angus Cross, which led to "Amerifax" being deemed the name of choice for this breed. 


They are known for their hardiness, adaptability, and meat quality. Amerifax cattle are typically black or dark red in color and have a muscular, medium-sized build, and are polled (hornless). They are also known for their good disposition and docile temperament, making them popular among ranchers and farmers.


This breed offers a variety of progeny characteristics that allow for reproduction. The breed's unique trait is its short gestation period, which lasts only 274–280 days. This is 10 to 14 days shorter than the average for other breeds, which inherently makes calving and calving ease simpler. In addition to having birthweights between 65 and 85 pounds, infant calves are built with long muscles, which makes calving easier. The large pelvic size present in both bulls and females is another element influencing calving ease. 

Another benefit of Amerifax livestock is their high fertility and early maturity. The bulls will reproduce aggressively and will quickly cover the area to deal with a lot of females. As the heifers wean off their large calves and continue to breed each season, their fertility becomes apparent.


For additional information contact: Amerifax Cattle Association, P.O. Box 149, Hastings, NE 68901




Mason, I.L. 1996. A World Dictionary of Livestock Breeds, Types and Varieties. Fourth Edition. C.A.B International. 273 pp.

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