Salers Cattle Society

Salers Cattle Society

Read the electronic 2020 Salers Cattle Society Journal for information about the breed, membership forms and contact details of local Salers Breeders.

Download the 2020 Salers Cattle Society Journal

Salers cattle offer easy calving with quick to suckle calves, very fertile males and females, long living hardy animals, low vet bills. They are excellent foragers and the milky females produce fast growing calves which are readily crossed to any terminal sire and suit any system.

The breed rarely experiences eye or udder problems due to their brown pigmented skin and pigmented membranes. A good hair coat which becomes thick and curly in winter gives hardiness and adaptability to cold and heat. Having roamed the mountains for centuries and been draught animals they have developed strong legs and good feet with black hooves. Consequently the cattle can travel long distance over rough ground without developing foot problems and are equally able to tolerate long periods inside on slats.

Salers are ideally suited for crossbreeding programmes, being one of the oldest and genetically most pure of the European breeds, they produce a positive effect on the predictability and consistently increase hybrid vigour.

The French National Institute of Agricultural Research ran trials that show that Salers cows and heifers are able to draw on their body reserves when food is scarce to produce sufficient milk for their calf, building them up again quickly when grazing is plentiful. Suckler cow costs are minimised though the breeds stress free calving, longevity, foraging ability, winter hardiness and minimal feet, eye and udder problems.