Randall Lineback Cattle

Vermont’s first official State Heritage Breed

Breed Description

Randall Lineback heifer from Hamilton Rare Breeds Foundation

Randall Lineback heifer from Hamilton Rare Breeds Foundation

Randall Lineback cattle are medium-sized cattle, and have historically been used for dairy, beef and oxen.

Randalls are defined by the lineback color pattern similar to other lineback breeds. They have dark-colored sides, feet, eye rings, ears and muzzles. The dark color pattern is usually black or blue-black over white.

These animals are vigorous eaters and have strong survival instincts.They are gentle and easy to work, if handled on a daily basis. The bulls are much like other dairy breeds, gentle for the first several years then become less dependable in temperament.

About

Randall Linebacks are a rare breed of cattle which originated in Vermont and are steadily gaining popularity. Here you will find photos and stories about my own Randall Linebacks, as well as my experiences on New England dairy farms.

My childhood home, Randall Farms of Mt. Sinai, NY is also a subject near and dear to me. I have been collecting photos and memories and will share some of them here.

(The name is a coincidence; historic Randall Farms and the Randall Lineback breed bear no known connection.)

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