The farmer had bred Belgian Blue cattle for a while, but even to him they still looked striking. After all, not only are they huge in size, but their muscle mass is off the charts. What’s more, despite the profit that they brought through the door, the farmer couldn’t help wondering whether he was doing the right thing.
Belgian Blue cattle are a species renowned for their rippling muscles. It’s not surprising, then, that these bovine behemoths are also known by another name: “super cows.” Indeed, just by looking at them, it’s easy to see why: they’re huge.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that these animals have been dosed with steroids or growth hormones – but they haven’t. They’re actually the result of a selective breeding process that dates back half a century. And the cows all share a genetic condition called hyperplasia.