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The Holt Family Line

Pineywoods – The Holt Line

By David D. James


It is not known exactly when Jim Holt’s father and grandfather started their herd of cattle.  The Holt breed was started near Hawkinsville in south Georgia.  In the early 1900’s the herd, already more than 100 years old, moved even further south to an area near the Okeefonokee Swamp.  Jim Holt started his herd of Pineywoods cattle from this foundation stock.  Carl Williams of Pinehurst, Georgia purchased some of the Holt cattle to start his own herd in the 1970’s.  He maintained the herd until his death when his sons, Joe and Clark, took over.  Eventually, they sold the entire herd.

In the early days of the Holt line, it was a common practice to swap bulls with other local breeders.  However, this practice was eventually discontinued.  The Jim Holt herd was maintained as a closed herd for many years.  In the mid 1980’s a white bull purchased  from Carl Williams and reported to have been a Barnes line from south Alabama breeding was introduced. 

Holt cattle are predominately horned with an occasional polled animal.  Cows will weigh between 800 and 1,000 lbs. and bulls may weigh 1,100 to 1,500 lbs.

Jim Holt’s father preferred solid dun colored cattle and had an entire herd of that color.  Jim Holt’s cattle were mostly black on their sides.  Cattle from the Carl Williams herd introduced some almost solid red, almost solid black, some roan, and some white with black points (white park pattern). 

Red & White Holt Bull
Photo by Tammy James

Black & Whitle Holt Bull
Photo by Tammy James

Holt Cow with Park Pattern
Photo by Tammy James

Black & White Holt Cow
Photo by Tammy James

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