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The Lineback is a rare breed originating from America, in the 18th and 19th Century the Lineback was a dual-purpose animal, fulfilling the owners needs for both milk and meat. During these times there was an increase in importation of European and British breeds such as the Witrick, Gloucester and Welsh cattle. It can be assumed that cattle that were exported to the USA could have played a part in the history of this breed.
During the 19th Century progressive American farmers began to look again to Europe for improved stock, including Ayrshires, Friesians, Herefords and Milking Shorthorns, all of which were capable of throwing occasional linebacked offspring. There breeds, plus the English Longhorn, probably contributed to the Lineback presence in the United States.

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