The BueLingo Breed of cattle were developed in Ransom County, North Dakota, on the BueLingo Ranch near Sheldon, by Russell Bueling and R. B. Danielson of the Animal Science Department North Dakota State University at Fargo, North Dakota.
The breed is now distributed in 30 states, four Canadian Provinces and Australia. The founders of the breed have followed a planned program to develop a breed of cattle that suits today's needs for fast growth and quality lean carcasses. The goal has always been to produce cattle that solve many of the management problems in beef herds, and are hardy and economical to maintain, show high fertility and outstanding carcass merit. Cows must calf regularly and raise calves that show a high proportion of the cows weight.
The BueLingo breed is well adapted to range areas of the West as well as the farms of the central plains. It is the cow breed for the operator who must have a profitable farm or ranch operation. The cows are extremely fertile and reach puberty at an early age. They are known for their docile dispositions and for their ample supply of rich milk. Birth weights run near 75 LBS., with 205 day weight, running as high as 650 to 740 LBS. The bulls are prepotant, aggressive breeders and will stamp their characteristics on any other breed, almost invariably producing a black and white belted calf. The cows show femininity and all carry excellent well shaped udders and small teats. Funnel or jug shaped teats are unknown in the breed. Vaginal prolapses in the cows is unknown and they have very little eye trouble.
Growth rate statistic show BueLingo steers in a commercial feedlot have gained up to 4.47 LBS. per day, with a dressing percentage of over 63% and have graded Prime Minus. The average weight of BueLingo cows is from 1100 to 1200 LBS. on range in lactating condition and will usually wean a calf that weighs more than half it's mothers weight. Statistics show that cows of this size will usually produce the highest beef production per acre and the most efficient type of cattle to produce.
The breed was originally composed of Amerifax and Dutch Belted. The Amerifax breed consists of 5/8 Angus and 3/8 Beef Freisian, which is one the of the oldest established dual-purpose breeds in Europe. The Dutch Belted (Lakenvelder) breed is from Holland, and is a milk cow, which is black with a white belt, that is where the BueLingo gets its unique color pattern.