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Friday, 25 November 2016

Some new photos from the Auerrind project

The cattle of the Auerrind project, Germany, have recently been moved to winter pastures because the current size of their summer areas is not yet large enough to support the whole herd during winter. In their recent post, the project released new photos of some of their stock. All of the photos are owned by Auerrind.wordpress.com.
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The a little more than two years old Chianina bull Bruno, which is to cover the two new Watussi cows next year. He is taller than grown Watussi cows already and seems to have a firm body. At this young age he is elegantly proportioned like deer, let's see what he is going to look like when he is fully grown. 
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Maua, one of the new Watussi cows from Zoo Neuwied. 
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Speranza, one of the Chianina cows. She has reached her sister's shoulder height of 165 cm now and has a great morphology - actually, only the correct colour (we are talking about very few genes here) and horns would be needed and this would be a marvelously aurochs-like animal. 
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Elena and Edda, two of the Maremmana cows, which placed in a herd among the Sayaguesa cows and Thando. 
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Thando, the now three-year old Watussi breeding bull at Lorsch. His coat colour seems to be darker than that of the cows (Watussi occasionally seem to retain a reduced sexual dichromatism). I am very much looking forward to seeing cross results with Watussi, we can expect Watussi x Sayaguesa and Watussi x Grey in the near future. Thando seems to be quite muscular and has impressive horns. 

I think that the animals of the Auerrind project are developing very well, now I am looking forward to seeing their genes mixed up. 




9 comments:

  1. Elena and Edda are Maremmana cows and not Hungarian Grey. Best wishes Claus Kropp

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  2. Its very nice to see some knews in this blog again, thank you for that.

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  3. These look somewhat like giant Watusi : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAK96pSY9Qs

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    1. Thanks for the video - I would indeed use Kankraj, aurochs-coloured miniature zebus and Watussi to breed cattle resembling B. p. namadicus.

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    2. On a quick look i would say that the bodies (and heads also) of Hariana cattle look better than those of Kankrej, exept for beeing smaller - and they don't have have big horns. The breeds are geographically close, so maybe there is Kankrej cattle with some Hariana influence ?
      And some N'guni like this would usually fit into the theme :
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isyzJjMG0aA
      I've read that the biggest strain is often of black colour.
      From the smaller Zebu-breeds the Madura cattle looks interesting anyway...

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    3. Madura cattle are very interesting, especially since they are a banteng-zebu hybrid so I would not consider them for breeding a B. p. namadicus substitute.

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    4. my answer was misplaced, sorry...

      Maybe combined with camargue and corriente cattle these could make smallish turbo-cows...

      Crossing european bison cows to Kankrej, then to N'guni and finally to Sayaguesa (or so) would result in kind of archaic Auroch-like-cattle, resembling Auroch from the time before bp nomadicus separated ?

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  4. Maybe combined with camargue and corriente cattle these could make smallish turbo-cows...

    Crossing european bison cows to Kankrej, then to N'guni and finally to Sayaguesa (or so) would result in kind of archaic Auroch-like-cattle, resembling Auroch from the time before bp nomadicus separated ?

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