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rnrnSalers, pronounced 'Sa-Lair', Cattle originated in thernmountainous Auvergne region of France. The area does not have much cereal grainrnproduction and the Salers cattle were forced to become foragers of the nativerngrasses in summer and hay in winter.

rnrnSalers Cattle is one of the oldest breeds of cattle in thernworld, with prehistoric cave paintings suggesting that a similar type of animalrnhad been bred in the area for 7-10,000 years. The drawings were found near Salers,rna small medieval town in the France.

rnrnHistorically Salers cattle were respected not only as beefrnanimals, but as milk producers for cheese products and were also used as strongrnsources of animal power.

rnrnTraditionally the cows were introduced to the bulls for 45rndays in the spring and then herds were walked into the surrounding mountains. Therncow herds grazed on communal pastures for the summer without any bulls, whilernthe calves were kept shut in a pen. Twice daily each calf was brought from thernpen and tied to the front leg of its mother while the cow stood un-tethered tornbe milked by hand. Some milk was left for the calf to suckle before the calfrnwas re-penned. Today in France, only about 10% of the Salers herds are stillrnmilked, the rest are used for beef production.

rnrnSalers milk is traditionally used to produce Appellationrnd'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) cheese. Salers cattle are also used to produce vealrncalves by cross breeding them with Charolais cattle.rnrn

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