Segmentation becomes a difficult task if the objects and background are not homogeneous and having overlapping characteristics. Cattle segmentation from its background is required in several typical applications, such as: the automatic cattle race classification. The cattle's fur detection which is inspired from the human skin detection is investigated in this paper for cattle and background segmentation in automatic beef cattle race classification. The Gaussian mixture model that was used in skin detection has been adopted to model Bali cow and Hybrid Ongole cow in this beef cattle race classification. The RGB color space and two texture descriptors are used as the features set. The addition of texture descriptor has increased the performance of the fur detection and automatic race classification. The GMM performs well but the noise and the complexity of the background lead to misclassification.