About Camargue Cattle
Camargue, also known as Raco di Biou, are beef cattle from
France. They are native to the Camargue marshlands of the river delta of the
Rhone in southern France. They are one of the two cattle breeds which are
raised in semi-feral conditions in the Camargue; the other are Brava cattle
that are raised for fighting in the bull ring. Both breeds are associated with
the rural and cultural traditions of the Camargue, including the guardians,
mounted herders who manage the livestock and the small white Camargue horses
they ride. Their herdbook was established in 1996 and their total population in
2004 was 5,950 in 2004, and 5,332 in 2014.
Camargue are small-sized cattle. They are uniformly black or
occasionally dark brown in color. Their mucous membranes are dark. Both bulls
and cows usually have horns. And their horns are large which are grey at the
base, creamy white in the middle and dark at the tips.
Average height of the bulls is around 125 cm, and about 115
cm for the cows. The mature cows on average weight around 250 kg. And average
live body weight of the mature bulls is around 400 kg.