ABOUT THE MILKING SHORTHORN BREED.
Thought to be the oldest breed in New Zealand, the shorthorn was introduced into this country to provide milk and meat as well as transport (through bullock teams).
Originating in England, these red, white and roan animals were a familiar sight in the countryside. From the milking strains introduced, the milking shorthorn breed was established and the Association was founded in 1913. Today, descendants from these early cows are very different and may now include other red breeds to increase both the production and efficiency of the Milking Shorthorn.