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rnrnThis breed seems tornhave been originated from the light golden -coated cattle quite similar tornpresent day Reggiana, at several steps crossbred with Podolico grey cattle. Itrntakes its name from the area of distribution around the provinces of Modena,rnReggio Emilia, Mantova, Ferrara, Bologna, where it was highly appreciated forrnits very good milk production.

rnrnIn 1960 there werernabout 142.000 heads, at present their number has greatly decreased because ofrnthe highly competitive diffusion of cosmopolitan breeds.

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.

rnrnIt shows a white mantlernshading to grey at the shoulder and thigh levels, yellowish medium-sized hornsrnwith black tip; the frontal hair tuft may have some reddish shading as it comesrnfrom dark golden cattle. Another typical characteristic of some Italian whiternbreed is the so-called ‘cut’, that is a pink colored reversed V in the centerrnof the dark grey wide muzzle. Depigmented skin, medium-small size and height.

rnrnThis breed wasrnoriginally used for milk, labor and meat but throughout the years it wasrnmainly selected for milk production.

rnrnContent and PhotornSource: Agraria.orgrnrn

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