Recently a herd of this breed arrived in the Velebit, Croatia, one of Rewilding Europe's five core regions, see here and here. Among the 13 animals, ten of which are cows/heifers, there is one young bull. The cattle look ok, but they are seemingly not very large or long-legged and their horns are not impressing, there are some more useful individuals on google pictures in my view. I would be curious on how large the bull is going to grow. The news reports on rewildingeurope.com do not give information on which breeds they will be crossed with, I hope that we find out soon.
Wednesday, 9 April 2014
Boskarin cattle arrived in Velebit, Croatia
A herd of Boskarin cattle, also known as the Istrian Ox, are now officially part of the Tauros Project. They are steppe-type cattle and descend from a mix of Podolica, Maremmana, Romagnola, Chianina and others. They resemble Maremmana pretty much and are a more or less large breed. The Domestic Animal Diversity Information System says that bulls reach about 150 cm and cows 140 cm on average, which is not impressing, but larger bulls reach 170 cm, and some of the cattle do look large on photos on google.