Holstein Friesian cattle
4 Oct 2014 | From Annerie of Netherlands
This is a vintage postcard showing a farm with some cows. Annerie wrote that views like this are very common in the area where she live. The cows are of the Holstein Friesian cattle breed. Often shortened as Friesians in Europe, and Holsteins in North America, this breed of cattle is known today as the world's highest-production dairy animals.
Originating in Europe, Friesians were bred in what is now the Netherlands and more specifically in the two northern provinces of North Holland and Friesland, and northern Germany, more specifically what is now Schleswig-Holstein Germany. Holsteins have distinctive markings and outstanding milk production. They are large, black-and-white marked animals that vary from mostly black to mostly white, or they can also be red and white.