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I did a bit of checking about this breed, and here's what I discovered:
- The Dutch Belted's history is a bit unclear before the 1600s. A few records and paintings show belted cows grazing on the estates of Dutch nobility before this time.
- The breed flourished in Holland in the 1750s.
- Dutch Belted cows are known for their easy calving, easy handling, and docile, friendly nature. They have unusual longevity and continue producing calves later into life than do most other breeds.
- The breed standard is a belt at least 6 inches wide making a complete belt around the body.
- The Dutch Belted is considered a critically endangered breed.
- There are other breeds that have belted cows, like the Galloway and Welsh Black.
- The breed was introduced to the United States in 1838.
- In 1840, P. T. Barnum imported several head for exhibiting in his circus. He displayed them as a "rare and aristocratic" breed of cattle. Barnum discovered that the Belteds were excellent milk-producers, so he placed the cattle on his farm in Orange County, New York. The Dutch Belted Cattle Association of America was established in New York, New York, in 1886.
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milk a cow by hand