Adapted Breeds

The Kerr Center’s cattle program uses an Angus-Gelbvieh cross, selected because it is well adapted to the climate of southeastern Oklahoma, including heat and humidity and endophyte infected fescue.

For several years, the center also maintained a herd of heritage-breed Pineywoods cattle.  For a retrospective on the Pineywoods program, click here.


Angus Gelbvieh cattle

  • commercial breed
  • descended from Senator Kerr’s prize Angus herd
  • originally crossed with Senepol (a heat tolerant breed from the Virgin Islands)
  • later crossed with Gelbvieh (not as heat tolerant, but bulls are easier to find in the region)

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