The horns are easy for a bulldogger to grab or a roper to catch a loop on. Some ranchers are looking for ways to preserve the higher fat content that the American markets look for while gaining some of the advantages of the Corriente breed, such as easy calving and lower feed requirements. Since then, he’s experimented with a variety of other bulls with his Corriente cows, including Black Angus, Hereford, and Simmental. is working hard to establish the concept of “pure” Corriente cattle. “I had a herd of Corrientes and a herd of black cows. In 2008, 4 ounces of Corriente beef was sent to BodyCote, Inc., a food science lab for analysis. This is where the time spent gentling the cattle paid off. Bulls, of course, are bulls, which means they can be aggressive. I just couldn’t keep him in.” The horns give them some measure of protection. It has not. Any suggestions on getting them to suck the nipple. In another case, I had to remove two boards from a fence when a yearling bull got his horns stuck in it. Or don’t. I sold my ranch ten years ago and it was a pretty small operation. Bookmark the permalink. If you are only buying Corrientes for your own use, this is obviously optional. However, ranchers started to improve their herds with the use of more modern beef cattle, and the Corriente lost ground, except for use in rodeos. Corriente cattle were considered beef cattle until well into the 1800s, when modern beef cattle based on other European breeds displaced them. When many ranchers get ready to sell their cattle to the big producers, they send them to feed lots where the cows just stand around in pens and get filled up with grain, mostly corn. One such rancher is Jim Morgan, of Bridger, Montana. In the 1500s, Cortes (among others) took these cattle to Mexico, where herds were largely left to roam wild. Corriente cattle are a breed of cattle descended from Spanish animals brought to the Americas in the late 15th century. These can range from a simple “figure 8” horn-wrap to a padded device that protects the steer’s ears and forehead from the slap of the rope in addition to protecting the horns themselves from being broken. He was happiest with the Simmental crosses. We will do all we can to make your beef purchase simple and streamlined from start to finish. There are two PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) events that use Corrientes: roping and steer wrestling. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. ROCKIN' D BEEF, from family-owned and operated ROCKIN' D RANCH, is the. We had to tube it for several days and are now trying to get it to take the bottle. In Florida, the few remaining small, native cattle - cousins of the Mexican Corriente are called Scrub cattle or Cracker cattle, and similar cattle in Louisiana are called Swamp cattle. Corriente cattle farming is very common and popular, especially in it’s native area. We take your purchase to the processor for you, help you with filling out the cutting instructions, and if you're unable to pick up your beef we'll even deliver (small charge applies) it to you! A steer is generally ready for rodeo use at 12-15 months of age. This information is based on those results in comparison to other 4 oz. ( Log Out /  handles registration of cattle, and they publish their member list on its website. Corn requires much energy consumption to produce, including the diesel expended to transport to the stock. More than once I had to remove a Corriente’s head from a fence or gate. Once the Corriente bull finished his side of the fence, he jumped over and went after all the Angus cows. Although the original Corriente bloodlines are long-since lost, the N.A.C.A. [This article first appeared in the May, 2011 issue of Acres U.S.A. Both animals were panicked and would have been likely to hurt me had I not been able to calm them down a bit as I worked. Add their 9-month gestation period, and you’ll want the bull in with the cows in late spring to hit the rodeo season two years later. If you are planning to raise cattle to sell on the beef market, a modern beef breed will be easier to sell and probably net you more profit overall. It is a very popular breed in it’s native area Spain , and some other parts of the world. In one case, after a half-hour of wrestling with a heifer to twist her head out, I ended up having to cut a bar out of a metal gate with a hacksaw. They can easily jump fences that heavier, slower beef cattle wouldn’t consider. He began using his Angus bulls with the Corriente cows, but he ended up losing his entire herd to brucellosis in 2007. If have any intention of selling your cattle, however, it’s well worth spending a few extra dollars to buy registered Corrientes and transfer the registration. It can be tough separating your bull(s) from the cows. Stop the presses. You’ll also want to pay attention to when you calve. samples of … They are generally easy to tame and non-aggressive, although a bit flighty. All our Corriente cattle have been raised here on our property, fed grass, and been kept in a “stress free” environment. It may not have been intentional, but he liked the results. Pingback: How to Raise Corriente Cattle | Financial - Popular Question & Answer. Note that both sports use steers, not bulls or cows. Twinings changes their Earl Grey. We’re more than just ranchers raising cattle. Posted on 31 August 2011, in Blog and tagged Acres U.S.A., Angus, beef, cattle, Chinampo, Corriente, Criollo, NACA, PRCA, rodeo, roping. As interest built, a breed association was formed, and the food value of Corrientes was rediscovered. All our Corriente cattle have been raised here on our property, fed grass, and been kept in a “stress free” environment. We live in an area with a lot of large predators, including grizzlies, wolves, and mountain lions, all of which can take down a small cow. ( Log Out /  Raising our cattle on grass greatly reduces this "carbon footprint.". My family got used to the flavor and texture quickly, and grew to like it, but Corriente beef is not mainstream in America. They are athletic, small, and lean, with prominent horns that grow out and then bend forward. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. “I got into the crosses by accident,” Morgan told me. It is a multi-purpose breed of domestic cattle which is raised for meat, milk, draught and also for sports. 3 Comments. Natural selection in the harsh deserts of inland Mexico helped to refine a hardy breed we now know as Corrientes. akjensen@bellsouth.net Thanks Kim. You might want to check with the breed association (http://corriente.us/). The PRCA now mandates the use of horn protectors. When the New World was being settled by the Spanish, they brought along many of the things they considered necessities of life. We found it easier to buy a young bull and fatten him for the freezer after he finished impregnating the cows than to keep them apart after breeding. They will also subsist on scrub and poor-quality hay that might founder other breeds, but if you’re raising them for meat, you’ll get better results with high-quality feeds. Although doctors and nutritionists encourage lower-fat diets, most Americans prefer higher-fat beef. Here is some nutrition information about Corriente cattle that we found interesting and exciting. The author's cat, Lena, pulls some cows & calves together for a picture. Gary, I need some advice on our corriente moms who have seemed to abandoned their calves. He also found that the Corrientes would range farther from water, using dry ranchland that the beef cattle wouldn’t use, which kept the feed costs even lower. Because of their smaller size and the breed’s origins in the wild, they consume considerably less food and water than today’s big beef cattle, and will wander farther if given the opportunity. A mature Corriente cow is typically around 700 to 800 pounds, yielding 400 to 500 pounds of beef. ( Log Out /  “The crosses are still a smaller-framed animal, though, which helps with birthing.” The beef is leaner than a purebred Simmental would produce, but without the different flavor of the Corriente beef. All steers must be between 450 and 650 pounds, so don’t fatten them up before selling. We had a secondary reason to leave the horns on our Corrientes: protection. There’s no incentive to have heavier cattle, anyway, as rodeo people pay by the animal rather than by the pound. In both cases, they’re looking mostly for animals that haven’t been used in sport before, as experienced steers know what to anticipate and over-roped steers learn to duck. The large horns have side effects on the cows as well. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. I made a point of handling all of my calves as soon as possible after they were born, and touching the cows whenever possible to keep them used to being handled. My children were also encouraged to handle the calves, and we never had a problem with mamas getting defensive.