This week’s weird cow breeds is an unusual one on us the Gelbvieh!
The Gelbvieh are an old breed of cow hailing from Bavaria in Germany and originated in the 18th century and were officially recognised as a distinct breed in 1920.
Their name, first of all, means yellow cattle as their pelts are a pure golden brown colour. Though they now come in brown and black too!
The gelbvieh are a large animal and bulls can weight up to 1 tonne and cows weighing in at 750kg.
A polled breed they are also known for their easy going temperament.
The gelbvieh were used as a tri purpose animal i.e. labour, milk and meat but nowadays are used primarily for their beef which is known for its tenderness.
Their carcasses are known for their great kill-out weights and one study proved that the breed has the largest ribeye muscle area per 10kg of all beef breeds!
Though not well known in Ireland we wouldn’t mind seeing them here soon. They sound fabulous!