Cooperation between the Auerrind project and the Stichting Taurus
Claus Kropp announced in April 2018 that the Auerrind project and the Stichting Taurus, which is responsible for the Tauros programme, are going to cooperate. The cooperation will include:
- Exchange of suitable crossbred individuals
- Sharing of research results
- Conservation of the founding breeds
Especially the exchange of suitable crossbred individuals sounds promising and it could result in a mutual benefit for both projects. The Tauros Project could finally get genes for truly large body size or horn size by acquiring Chianina or Watussi influenced Auerrind individuals, and the Auerrind project could get genes for decently inwards-facing horns via Maronesa-influenced Tauros individuals.
I see the exchange of individuals as a middle-term perspective, as both projects are in a comparably early phase of crossbreeding yet.
Incorporation of the Auerrind project into Rewilding Europe
In May 2018 it was announced that the Auerrind project is going to join the network of Rewilding Europe. This will probably greatly help the project to acquire more suitable areas for their herds and increase volume of the project.
New photos of the first-generation offspring
|Sayaguesa x Chianina calves (Photo © G. Pfirsching, published on auerrind.wordpress.com)|
|Sayaguesa x Maremmana bull calf © auerrind.wordpress.com|
|Maremmana x Watussi cow published by © Claus Kropp on Facebook|
|Sayaguesa x Hungarian Grey cow published by © Claus Kropp on Facebook|
|Sayaguesa x Watussi next to a young Cachena bull © Claus Kropp|