15 things you should know about Tyrol Grey Cattle!


Cows can produce up to 5,000 kg milk at 4.0% fat and 3.4% protein per annum

15 things you should know about Tyrol Grey Cattle!

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Cows can produce up to 5,000 kg milk at 4.0% fat and 3.4% protein per annum

  • The Tyrol Grey or Tyrolean Grey is a typical alpine cattle breed from Tyrol in Austria and South Tyrol in Italy. The distribution of this race extends mainly over North and South Tyrol and occasionally over Bavaria.

  • It's a dual-purpose breed with avery good milk and beef performance. They can be used as a dairy breed in difficult environmental conditions, as a beef breed in all production situations and for crossbreeding with beef breeds.

  • The current breeding aim consists of 25% milk, 20% beef and 60% fitness. Cows can produce up to 5,000 kg milk at 4.0% fat and 3.4% protein per annum.

  • Among the mountain cattle breeds in Italy, the Tyrol Grey has the best milk amount/milk quality (fat, protein) ratio and delivers a higher amount of contents for the processing to quality products.

  • The first livestock breeders' association was established in 1896 - The beginning of organised breeding resulted in a merging of the original breeds “Oberinntaler, Lechtaler and Wipptaler” to the Tyrolian Grey Cattle

  • The females grow up to their full size within three years and reach a weight of 550 – 600 kg, the bulls similarly reach a weight of about 550-600 kg.

  • Tyrolese Grey cattle are small to medium-sized animals with solid grey to iron-grey coloured coat and a black muzzle. Darker colour shades occur in the area of the shoulders, eyes and neck as well as on the outer legs. The bulls are much darker than the cows and bear a lighter coloured streak along the back.

  • The Tyrolese Greys have a good forage instinct and feed conversion. They are also robust, long-living, and very fertile.

  • Because of their low maintenance, outstanding forage, vitality, robust stature, ease of calving, digestibility and functional udders with excellent milk quality, they are also well suited for the Low Input Systems.

  • Tyrolian Grey Cattle Breeders’ Association was established in 1924.

  • As the Tyrol Grey cattle was considered an endangered cattle breed with a population size consisting of 3785 breeding animals in 2013, resulting in extensive genomic testing to preserve the breed.

  • Unlike other breeds, Tyrolean Grey has not been crossed with other breeds after World War II.

  • At the beginning of the 90s, the use of Tyrolean Grey for suckler cow husbandry started and a marketing program for purebred bullocks was created.

  • Tyrol Box chocolates are produced in collaboration with Tiroler Edle using only milk from the Tyrol Grey Cattle and cocoa from Ghana.

  • The Tyrolean Grey have middle body height, robust constitution, correct fundament, hard claws, hardiness, mountain pasture competence, good fertility, easy calving and udder quality.

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