Lincoln Red cattle, like many of our focus heritage breeds, were originally developed in Europe – specifically in Lincolnshire, Britain. Their journey to North America began in the 1960’s, where small herds of Lincoln Reds still exist both in the United States and Canada. These purebred cattle survived the numerous crossbreeding programs which almost drove them out of existence in the UK, as breeders attempted to increase the size of their local Lincoln Reds by crossing them with larger stock brought in from America.
Although this breed was dual purpose at one time in the UK, most Lincoln Reds are now raised for beef production, and are well suited for small scale, grass fed beef operations. Their calm temperaments and striking deep, dark red coloring add to the benefits of their natural foraging abilities and relatively rapid growth rates. Lincoln Reds may be horned or polled, and thrive in cooler, drier climates.
Breed Association: North American Lincoln Red Association