Friday, 10 July 2020

New photos from the Auerrind project

Claus Kropp recently sent me interesting photos of some of the Auerrind crosses, which I am going to present today. 
© Claus Kropp
This is the Chianina x Watussi cow born in 2019. Her horns are developing well. She will be covered in 2021. Here is another photo of her, next to a Sayaguesa x Chianina cow: 
© Claus Kropp
In sum, there are three Chianina x Watussi cows, two calves have been born this year: 
© Claus Kropp
I wonder what would be the ideal combination to cross them with. Claus Kropp told me one option is the Sayaguesa x Maremmana bull. There are also Sayaguesa x Maremmana cow calves, one of them down below: 
© Claus Kropp
It apparently inherited the colour of a Sayaguesa cow.  Here is a new photo of the Maremmana x Watussi bull: 
© Claus Kropp
There is no plan yet as to which combination it could be crossed with. 

More Sayaguesa x Chianina calves have been born: 
© Claus Kropp
© Claus Kropp
The cow Maxima on the upper photo has a very good and useful horn curvature. The cow in the back at the lower photo with the asymmetric horns (I think it is La Nova) is interesting as well; the question is which horn shape gets passed on. If she passes on the horn shape of her left horn it would be perfect. 

It is very exciting to see those interesting combinations growing up and I am looking forward to the second-generation animals they will produce. The second generation is also where the selection starts. Since both Leo the Sayaguesa bull and Luca the Maremmana bull are about 170cm tall, many Auerrind crosses might end up being on the larger side. 

1 comment:

  1. Did you hear about lesser aurochs (bos taurus brachyceros)? I can't find much info about it. Only information about it is that it used to be some subspecies of form of aurochs living in eastern Europe and polish red cattle are direct descendant of it.

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