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rnrnAround 1940 there werernabout 15.000 heads which decreased to 5.700 in 1960 until the sharp collapse tornthe number of 13 heads in 1983; at present there are only few dozens heads inrnthe Magra and Vara valleys in the provinces of Massa Carrara and La Spezia. Therndestiny of this breed was determinated by the continuous crossbreeding ofrnsubstitutions with the more productive Italian Bruna. In the Carrara area itrnwas once applied to transport the precious marbles from the Apuane Mountains tornthe sea boarding.

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.

rnrnThe bull has a darkrngolden red coat with a long light stripe along the dorsal backbone with darkerrnshades on the head (with eye shadows) on either sides on the neck, on thernexternal part of the shoulders, on the frontal sides of the forearms and of therncannon-bones, on the coronary pad of the four limbs and on the lower part ofrnthe sides of the trunk. The wide muzzle is dark black; the head is quite lightrnwith a straight profile. The trunk is quite short with raised withers asrncompared to the dorsal backbone. As to the cows, the coat is light golden redrnwith slightly darker shades in the above mentioned parts in the bull. The headrnis a bit lighter and longer than the bull’s.

rnrnContent and photo source: Agraria.orgrnrn

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