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Dutch Belt cows look a bit like Oreo Cookies, don’t you think?

Every breed of cow has something unique about it, whether it is long shaggy hair, giant horns, spots like a Dalmatian or milk that is golden. The Dutch Belt is no different. People may think the black and white markings mean they are a funny looking Holstein, but no, these girls are meant to look like giant Oreo cookies on four legs. The cows are black with a white belt circling their entire body between the shoulders and rump.

According to the history books, Dutch Belt cows were imported to the U.S. in 1838. One of the original importers was P.T. Barnum! Barnum exhibited his herd for several years as a “rare and aristocratic breed,” because the animals were bred by nobility to achieve the bright white belt.

Locally, with only one herd, Dutch Belts are a rare and unique site.

Photo courtesy of hans s

2 comments

Kyle Booth

Hi Chandra is the Dutch Belt Dairy still in your area?Can you give me some info on how to contact them? I have a small dairy of Dutch Belt Cows and always looking for a source. I have heard alot about that dairy in your area. Second question if the dairy is gone do you know anyone in your area with Dutch Belt cows? Thanks for any help you could provide. Your photos and are great!
Thanks
Kyle Booth

May 13th, 2015 at 4:52 pm

Amalya

Tillamook Team

Hi Kyle,
Thanks for reaching out about the Dutch Belts - they're still around! While I can't give out contact information for our farmer members, the team would be happy to pass your information along to the farmer. You may email the team here with a good email address or phone number to share.

Thanks,
Amalya of the Tillamook team

May 18th, 2015 at 4:24 pm
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