In the early 1900's, the Santa Gertrudis breed of cattle was developed consisting of 3/8 Brahman and 5/8 Shorthorn. The Shorthorn portion of the breed created tender, flavorful meat, combined with the Brahman to add hardiness for cattle to endure harsh conditions. With their deep red color and well muscled body, Santa Gertrudis cattle thrive in hot, humid weather conditions. Santa Gertrudis females exhibit exceptional maternal traits. They have above average production of milk leading to a heavier wean calf.
They are often referred to as America's Original beef breed because they were the first breed of beef cattle developed in America. In 1951, Santa Gertrudis Breeders International was founded as the official breed registry. Polled or horned, purebred or commercial, Santa Gertrudis cattle combine all the traits needed for performance and profitablity.