We have been raising Pineywood cattle since 2013 so now in our 5th year. They are a very interesting and beautiful breed of cattle. Our are primarily Knapp strain which is a little known and nearly lost strain of Pineywoods. The numbers were down to about a dozen pure Knapps and we bought all that we could find. They came from Georgia and now reside in Missouri with another group now going well in Iowa. Since "rescuing" the strain, it seems to be doing well and in spite of culling and butchering, there are at least twice as many Knapp cattle as there were just a few short years ago.
The bulls in this strain seem to mature at around 1200 to 1250 pounds. Cows tend to reach 700 to 800 pounds They are beautiful animals to behold and seem to be a very intelligent animal. When we first got them, we had a calf that had gotten stuck in a hay ring. One of the old cows went over to it and got it out of it's situation with her horns. We ran to it's aid when we realized the situation but the cow did it all by herself. I have never seen another breed of cattle do this. I can't say that they won't or don't but I've never witnessed it. It reminds me of an elephant which is known to "care" and to aid one in distress. We stopped using hay rings after the calf got caught. They are not designed for horned cattle.
The bulls have all been very docile animals. They have a confidence about them and we keep an eye on them but they do not seem to show any aggression toward humans. The cows are protective of calves but all have been tolerant of human interference if any help is ever given them.
They are very confident animals and know how to use their horns to protect each other and themselves. The are highly self sufficient and can live on meager ground. They will forage in the wooded areas, open ground, swamp land or whatever is available. They don't spend time in a pond like many other breeds do to escape the summer heat. They are more inclined to seek the shelter of the shade in wooded areas. This makes them easy on ponds.
We have made some crosses with other breeds such as Longhorns and Angus. We always use pure Knapp strain PIneywood bulls but have used Longhorn cows, Angus cows and some HIghland cows. We sold the Highland group but will keep working with the Longhorn and Angus crosses. At the same time, we always have some pure Pineywood cows and will continue to produce some registered purebreds. Some very fine beef animals are developing out of the Angus cross but the beef from Longhorn crosses has also been very good. We are now grass feeding only and supplementing with protein tubs over winter. It seems to be going well.
We have cattle for sale from time to time. Check for availability.
WE ARE WILLING TO PUT TOGETHER BREEDING GROUPS OF THIS RARE AND SPECIAL CATTLE TO ANYONE WHO IS INTERESTED IN FURTHERING THE KNAPP STRAIN. PRESENTLY WE KNOW OF ONLY ONE OTHER GROUP OF KNAPPS BEING BRED, AND LOOK FORWARD TO THEM SPREADING THROUGHOUT THE US.