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Nivernais are endangered black heavy draught horses from thernNievre region of central France. They stand about 165 to 175 centimetres at thernwithers, occasionally up to 180 cm, and weigh 800 to1000 kg. They were created inrn1872 by the Comte de Bouille by crossing black Percheron stallions with local Chevalrndu Morvan mares. A stud book was opened in 1880, and from that time the breedrnlargely supplanted the Cheval du Morvan. Their population declined from thern1950s following the mechanisation of agriculture, and in 1966 the stud-book wasrnmerged with that of the Percheron. Since the 1980s various efforts have beenrnmade to preserve the breed. Without official recognition in France, it isrnlisted in DAD-IS by the FAO.

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