The Corriente breed can be traced back to the first cattle brought to the new world by the Spanish as early as 1493. These cattle were hardy breeds chosen especially to withstand the ocean crossing and adapt to their new land. They were brought to the West Indies and south Florida, as well as Central and South America.
Corriente cattle are narrow and fine in conformation compared to other beef breeds, their head neck and forequarters and hindquarters are well balanced.
In this breed horns are given special attention, they come out straight and curve to the front and up a little, they are set fairly wide apart. Corriente cattle can be any colour except solid white, many of this breed are black. They have a dense coat with hair in their ears and a heavy tail switch.
A mature bull can weigh up to 1000 lbs and a mature cow up to 800 lbs, the yearling bulls or steers are around 400 lbs.
This breed are used in rodeo's, in roping and bulldogging competitions and are judged on their stamina, strength and qualities of their performance.