The Belgian White-Blue, or BWB for short, sometimes abbreviated to BBB, after the French-speaking name, Blanc Bleu Belge, is a breed of cattle that is mainly reared for meat.
The breed is mainly found in Central and Upper Belgium but can be found all over the world. Belgian White-Blue is known for its impressive muscle mass through extensive breeding and for its economic qualities, but also for its frequent use of imperial cuts.
The main properties are:
· Extraordinary development of the musculature;
· The quality of the meat;
· The size;
· The early development;
· The good feed conversion;
· The uniformity;
· The obedience and the suitability as a mother.
· A Belgian White-Blue is usually double muscled, an animal with excessive muscle development. The meat of the Blue-White is of excellent quality: lean, tender and succulent thanks to its fine muscle fibres.
Since the animal has a low tendency to deposit fat, it can be reared and fattened on the basis of an energy-rich diet which results in weight gain without the risk of excessive fat formation.
Optimum calving heifers at an age of 24 months with an average body weight of 600 kg (just before calving). The gestation period is 283-292 days and varies little. A problem that occurs in Belgian White-Blue is that the calves have a double-muscled shoulder. This prevents the calves from passing through the birth canal. In pure double-muscled animals, the percentage of caesarean sections is up to 100 %.
Growth rate: The average daily growth rate of breeding bulls from 7 to 13 months is 1.6 kg per day
Slaughter return: The slaughter return varies between 65 and 70% which is very high