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It comes from thernex-county of Modica (province of Ragusa-Sicily). From there it spreadrnthroughout the whole island. It was exported into Sardinia giving birth to thernModicana Sarda. It is the most important cattle breed in Sicily, for itsrnconsistency and quality as well. Very rustic and frugal breed, lately it hasrnspread around the whole region being easily apt to any pedoclimatic situation.

rnrnSince 1985 thernRegistry Office of autochthonous cattle breeds and ethnic groups of limitedrndiffusion has been founded, in order to protect those Italian cattle breeds atrnrisk of extinction and to safeguard this genetic heritage. Among them there arernthe following breeds: Agerolese, Bianca Val Padana (Modenese), Burlina,rnCabannina, Calvana, Cinisara, Garfagnina, Modicana, Mucca Pisana, Pezzata Rossarnd’Oropa, Pinzgau, Pontremolese, Pustertaler, Reggiana, Sarda, Sardo-Modicana,rnVarzese.

rnrnA uniform dark redrncoat shading from the black of the bull to the golden red of the cow. Blackrnshades particularly in the front or external sides of the thighs. Black tailrntuft. The male has a darker coat, dark red wide muzzle with dark blackrnnostrils. Black hoofs. Yellowish horns at the basis and black at the tips.rnLarge udders with long big teats. Moderate size and height, a very sharp figurernbut very solid skeleton.

rnrnVery good workingrncharacteristics, quite good for milk production (considering the extremely poorrndiet). Milk production is about 18-22 kg. per day in a lactation of 200-220rndays, with a fat percentage of 4%. Quite poor for meat. It used to be bred forrnlabor (limbs and hoofs are very strong), today it is bred for milk, with whichrnsome typical cheeses are made (Caciocavallo and Ragusano).

rnrnrnrnContent and PhotornSource: Agraria.orgrnrn

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