About Caracu Cattle
Caracu are Brazilian cattle raised for both milk and meat
production. They are known for their hardiness, adaptability, and excellent
maternal ability. They are mainly used as a cross to beef cattle. They were
developed from Iberian cattle and possibly with some influence from African
cattle from the Moorish occupation of the area. In 1534, the first entry of
such animals occurred in Sao Vicente. Those animals faced all kinds of difficulties
in feeding and parasites in Sao Vicente for several centuries. And this natural
pressure evolved into the Criollo such as the Yellow Caracu.
Today they account for less than 5 percent of Brazilian beef
They are medium to large cattle with a short coat. Their
coat ranges from light tan to beige with no white hair. They have small ears
and both bulls and cows usually have small horns. They have very strong legs
and hooves. The mature bulls on average weight around 1,000-1200 kg. And average
live body weight of the mature cows varies from 550 to 650 kg.