The Buelingo of the United States is a belted cattle breed, resembling the Belted Galloway and the Dutch Belted with its distinctive white belt.
The breed was established in North Dakota, USA, on the Bueling Ranch in the 1970s. Russell Bueling and a group of dedicated cattlemen developed the Buelingo to better fit the requirements of the US beef industry.
The Buelingo is a composite breed, though not of a specific percentage mix. Early in its development it borrowed genetics from the Highland, Belted Galloway, Angus, Limousin, and Shorthorn cattle. The prominent early influence of the Angus, Limousin, and Shorthorn persists among the current examples of the breed today.
Buelingo cattle can have either a black or red coat, with a white belt always. The size of the belt can vary but is required to be located between the hip bones and the shoulder blades and must encompass the entire body without breaking.
The breed is of moderate size, with mature bulls weighing approximately 635-815kg and cows 500-545kg.
Buelingo cows are early-maturing and are considered to have good fertility. They are known for their docile dispositions, calving ease and mothering ability.
Calves at birth typically weigh 30-33kg, with 205-day weaning weights reaching up to 270-320kg. Growth rate statistics have shown top-gaining Buelingo cross steers gain up to 2kg/day, while on average a 1.5kg/day gain can be achieved.
Further information about the breed can be found on the Buelingo Beef Cattle Society website.Photo credit: Belted Buelingo Beef Cattle