About Agerolese Cattle
It comes from the
province of Naples; today only few hundreds heads of cattle are bred in the
Agerola, Pagani, Gragnano areas. It is the result of crossbreeding of Holstein,
Brown and Jersey with local stock.
The breed is at risk of extinction, has suffered a considerable reduction
throughout the years because of the frequent replacement crossbreeding with the
Since 1985 the
Registry Office of autochthonous cattle breeds and ethnic groups of limited
diffusion has been founded, in order to protect those Italian cattle breeds at
risk of extinction and to safeguard this genetic heritage. Among them there are
the following breeds: Agerolese, Bianca Val Padana (Modenese), Burlina, Cabannina,
Calvana, Cinisara, Garfagnina, Modicana, Mucca Pisana, Pezzata Rossa d’Oropa,
Pinzgau, Pontremolese, Pustertaler, Reggiana, Sarda, Sardo-Modicana, Varzese.
The colour of the
coat can vary from brown to black with a ridge of light hairs around the muzzle,
which is dark as well, medium sized light-coloured horns, bent sideway and
Meat and milk
production are of high quality, although they can vary according to the
difficulties of the breed to adapt to difficult or marginal surroundings.
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