This breed is being developed in Australia by the Queensland Government for use in
the tropical areas. The breed was evolved using the Sahiwal, a dairy strain of Zebu
from Pakistan, and the Australian Holstein-Friesian.
Since the 1960s when research work began on this breed, notable progress has been
achieved towards the objective of combining tick resistance and heat tolerance with
reliable milk production and fertility. It has now been extensively tested in the
tropical and sub-tropical areas of Australia. Under these conditions, it outperforms
the Holstein Friesian by approximately 15 percent.
Average milk yield is 3,000 liters for mature cows. Milk quality is good - protein
level is 3.4 percent and butterfat is approximately four percent.
Handbook of Australian Livestock, Australian Meat & Livestock Corporation,1989, 3rd