Friesland, noun

Forms:
Formerly also Friezland.
Origin:
The name of a province in the Netherlands.
(One of) a breed of black-and-white dairy cattle; also called Fatherland. Frequently attributive.
Note:
In U.S. English this breed is known as ‘Holstein’, and in British English as ‘Friesian’.
c1881 A. Douglass Ostrich Farming 207The young farmer when commencing should..always keep a moderately well-bred colonial-born bull, with a good dash of English or Friesland blood.
1897 F. Macnab On Veldt & Farm 55The Count laid great stress on the importance of feeding the veldt in rotation: first with goats..then with Afrikander sheep..then with Kaffir cattle; lastly with Afrikander and Friesland.
c1911 C.A. Pope in S. Playne Cape Col. 425Taking the Province as a whole the Friesland type of cattle predominates.
1914 Rand Daily Mail 26 Dec.Breeders of Friesland cattle in South Africa..will be interested to hear of the remarkable prices realised..in England recently.
1916 L.D. Flemming Fool on Veld (1933) 18Bulls’ knees are being discussed, as of yore, and percentages of butter fat, Hackneys, Frieslands and robust wool, have innumerable advocates.
c1936 S. & E. Afr. Yr Bk & Guide 1100In 1932, an authentic eland-Friezland hybrid was bred at Westminster, O.F.S., by Capt. Holme.
1957 Handbk for Farmers (Dept of Agric.) III. 38The South African Friesland is principally descended from the Black-and-white animals of the Netherlands...Since most of the black-and white cattle imported..came from Friesland, they received the name of Friesland in South Africa.
1957 Handbk for Farmers (Dept of Agric.) III. 39 [see Fatherland].
1972 J. Van Marle in Std Encycl. of Sn Afr. V. 51Round about 1780 Governor Tulbagh imported a Friesland bull and cow...The South African Friesland Cattle-Breeders’ Society was founded in 1921.
1988 S. Afr. Panorama Jan. 22The Friesland has played an important part in South African dairy farming...A Friesland bull and cow..are registered in the first volume of the the SA Stud Book which appeared in 1906.
1990 D. Medalie in M. Leveson Firetalk 37A Friesland cow, with distinctive black and white markings.
(One of) a breed of black-and-white dairy cattle; also called Fatherland. Frequently attributive.
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