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French Simmental (also known as Eastern red pied or piernrouge de l'est)are French cattle that originated from the Simmental cattlernbreed from Switzerland. They are raised for both milk and meat production. Simmentalrncattle were imported from Switzerland to France at the beginning of the 20thrncentury. The stud book for the breed was opened in 1930. The French authoritiesrntried to cross this breed with Montbeliard during the 1970s, but Montbeliard'srnbreeders refused. The breed was also crossed with Fleckvieh and Swiss Simmentalrncattle, and named French Simmental at that time. The French Simmental cattlernbreed was first bred in Franche-Comte, but now they are found in the Auvergne.rnCurrently there are about 35,000 French Simmental cattle available.

rnrnFrench Simmental are medium to large cattle. They are usuallyrnred pied colored with a white head and legs and the red is a clear tan. Theyrncan be either horned or polled, depending on the genetic breeding history.rnGenerally they have pigment around their eyes, which is good for preventingrnproblems in heavily sunny regions. Udders of the cows are well developed andrnalso remain in good health conditions with few common problems. Mature cows arernabout 140 cm tall at the withers. And average body height of the mature bullsrnis around 150 cm. The mature cows on average weight around 700 kg. And averagernlive body weight of the mature bulls is around 1100 kg.

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