Weird cow Breeds: The Argentine Criollo


A dual-purpose breed, developed in Argentina, the Argentine Criollo is thought to have been first brought by Columbus on his maiden travels to America. Read more about the breed below.

Weird cow Breeds: The Argentine Criollo

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A dual-purpose breed, developed in Argentina, the Argentine Criollo is thought to have been first brought by Columbus on his maiden travels to America. Read more about the breed below.

The Argentine Criollo is a breed native to the Americas and said to have been descended from the first cattle introduced to the region by explorer Christopher Columbus on his way to the new world.

The cattle are used in both dairy and meat production and they are thought to be loosely related to other Criollo cattle, such as the Texas Longhorn. They are a very docile breed, known for their excellent work rate and efficiency.

Characteristics:
Like their other Criollo relatives, this breed has the full range of Bos Taurus colour patterns. They come in colours such as red, to brown, to black or even speckled like their Longhorn relatives.

They are a horned breed, usually medium sized with an outward curve. Mothers are easy calvers, due to their high tail head and the breed, in general, are medium sized.

A cow at maturity will generally weigh anything up to 440kgs, while bulls can reach in excess of 800kgs at maturity. They have become very desirable for breeding with European breeds, producing excellent offspring.

A very fertile breed, cows are also known to be great mothers, with excellent milking qualities and quantities. On average a cow can produce up to 6kgs of milk a day. They are used in meat production due to the excellent flavour of the meat, while it is also very tender and of the highest quality.

A hardy breed, more than capable of thriving in its native climate and very easy to handle. They also have a fast growth rate, making them even more suitable to beef production. Good milk, fertile, hardy, docile and great mothers, could the Argentine Criolla be the ultimate Suckler breed?

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