Astute cattle breeders agree that it is not possible to breed quality bulls without a well-structured female breeding herd.
The Droughtmaster Female exhibits the following:
- Head: moderate length, showing femininity and character. It may be polled, horned or scurred.
- Ears: long, reasonably broad and pointing on the ends.
- Eyes: Well spaced, clear, calm and hooded.
- Muzzle: broad with good open and clean nostrils.
- Jaw: strong and matching the broad muzzle.
- Neck: long, slim showing no lumpy fat and blending smoothly into finely muscled shoulders and forearms.
- Dewlap: a good loose dewlap commencing under the jaw and falling in folds down the underside of the neck or throat ending at the brisket. It is also associated with a loose pliable hide allowing the animal plenty of room to grow.
- Brisket: fine and trim and showing no fat. The productive female will have a large chest capacity allowing plenty of heart room.
- Underline: slope down to the navel and back up to the udder.
- Shoulders: finely muscled and blending smoothly into the body to avoid incorrect leg structure and associated calving problems.
- Body: long lateral length from shoulder to hip, with maximum depth to the barrel. Chine should be flat and reasonably broad behind the shoulders.
- Rib cage: well sprung and rounded allowing a roomy body capacity.
- Back: well fleshed and straight from shoulder to hip, widening and rounding smoothly over the rib cage.
- Udder: compact, well attached to the body, with teats equally spaced and of moderate length.
- Navel: neat and oval in shape.
- Front legs: set apart allowing for correct stance.
- Legs: moderate in length and with medium bone. The animal should be perfectly balanced with a free easy walk.
- Hooves: structurally perfect. The claws should be approximately equal in size.
- Colour: Acceptable colour variation from honey colour to cherry red.
Resource: A Pathway to Breeding Quality Droughtmasters – Jim & Dorothy Crombie, 2006
Credit for Photo: On Top Droughtmasters