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Breeds of Livestock - Aubrac Cattle

Breeds of Livestock - Aubrac Cattle

Aubrac

aubrac-web-1.jpgAlso Known As: Laguiole

The Aubrac are found in Aveyron-Lozère, France. Their development started during the 1600's at the Benedictine Abbey of Aubrac in the south of France, where the controlled breeding was practised until the Abbey was destroyed during the French Revolution.  Selective breeding was promoted between 1840 and 1880, with Brown Swiss blood used to improve the breed.

They are used primarily for meat production although, historically, they were also used as draft animals and for milk. They are usually fawn to brown in color.  The females average 125 cm in height and weigh 580 kg.  The average bull stands 130 cm and weighs 825 kg. Lactation averages 2,180 kg at 4.13% fat in 248 days.

Reference:

Genus Bos: Cattle Breeds of the World, 1985, MSO-AGVET (Merck & Co., Inc.), Rahway, N.J.

Mason, I.L. 1996. A World Dictionary of Livestock Breeds, Types and Varieties. Fourth Edition. C.A.B International. 273 pp.

Photographs:

Pierre Bonard, Ch. des Brulees 54, CH - 1093 La Conversion, Switzerland.

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