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Cachena are small cattle from Portugal. They are arntriple-purpose breed which are raised for milk, meat production, and also usedrnfor draught purposes. Along with Protugal, they are also bred in Galicia,rnSpain. Also there are similar but larger cattle available in Portugal which arernknown as Barrosao or Barrosa cattle. Sometimes Barrosa and Cachena cattle arernconsidered different variants of the same breed. Cachena cattle were bred fromrnthe brown and yellow local cattle in Northern Portugal. The breed wasrnoriginally bred in the Vila Real District in the past, which is anrnagriculturally poor district in the extreme north of Portugal. In that area, thernclimate is hot and dry in summer, and cold and humid in the winter. Littlernfertile ground is available there.

rnrnCachena cattle are distributed around the low mountain rangernregions of the communities in the Spanish natural park Baixa Limia-Serra do Xurésrnin the frontier region to Portugal. In addition they are spread in the regionrnaround the Ourensic village Olelas and in the Portuguese Peneda-Geres NationalrnPark. A Cachena Cattle herdbook was founded in 1990.

rnrnCachena cattle are one of the smallest cattle breeds of thernworld. They have a well-proportioned body and big lyre-shaped horns. They arernusually light brown to yellow with dark brown nuances around the whithers. Thernaverage height of both bulls and cows is equal or less than 110 cm. But thernbulls are normally taller than the cows. Average live body weight of the maturerncows is around 390 kg. And the mature bulls on average weight around 550 kg.

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