IN SEARCH OF THE RED HEIFER
by Molly Noble Bull
Sometimes articles are worth seeing again. This is one of those articles.
The photo above confirms that cattle come in many sizes, colors and breeds. Some are bulls; some are cows. Some are calves, and some are heifers.
The dictionary states that a heifer is a young cow that has not borne a calf. As a ranch manager’s daughter, I always think of a heifer as young cow yet to be bred for the first time, in other words—a virgin.
Moses wrote in the Book of Numbers, chapter 19, about the mysterious sacrifice of the Red Heifer. According to the Bible, this red heifer must be unblemished, without defect and one that has never been yoked. To be the Red Heifer, I understand that she must be born in Israel. Today, cattle are shipped around the world. It would not be difficult for a young heifer or an American bull to be shipped to Israel before the breeding process began.
Click below to see a photo of a possible red heifer born in Israel and learn more about these interesting Bible facts.
In 1920 the Santa Gertrudis breed of beef cattle was formed on the famous King Ranch when an exceptional bull by the name of Monkey was used in cross breeding Brahma and the Shorthorn cattle. The result was the beautiful, red, Santa Gertrudis breed of beef cattle. Could one of these females one day become the Red Heifer mentioned in the Bible? The dark red cows in the far right in the photo above are Santa Gertrudis cattle.
Only God knows. But Santa Gertrudis cattle sure do look like the red heifer bred in Israel.