The Droughtmaster breed was developed in northern Australia in the early to mid 1900s. Initial crossings of Bos taurus and Bos indicus breeds led to selective breeding of the progeny to arrive at a fixed breed containing approximately 50% Bos indicus and 50% Bos taurus, while retaining the best characteristics of both groups.
Droughtmasters are usually red in colour, although variations occur, from golden honey through to dark red. They also have a moderate hump, and are either polled or horned. Their heat tolerances, parasite resistance, high fertility, ease of calving and quiet temperament have contributed to the successful spread of the breed. The Droughtmaster can also thrive in temperate climates and is therefore found throughout Australia.
Droughtmasters generally mature early and can be expected to produce excellent, lean carcases off grass in all seasons. They have an excellent record in feedlots.