About Agerolese Cattle
It comes from the
province of Naples; today only few hundreds head of cattle are bred in the
Agerola, Pagani, Gragnano areas. It is the result of crossbreeding of Holstein,
Brown and Jersey with local stock.
The breed is at
risk of extinction, has suffered a considerable reduction throughout the years
because of the frequent replacement crossbreeding with the Italian Holstein.
Since 1985 the Registry
Office of autochthonous cattle breeds and ethnic groups of limited diffusion
has been founded, in order to protect those Italian cattle breeds at risk of
extinction and to safeguard this genetic heritage. Among them there are the
following breeds: Agerolese, Bianca Val Padana (Modenese), Burlina, Cabannina,
Calvana, Cinisara, Garfagnina, Modicana, Mucca Pisana, Pezzata Rossa d’Oropa,
Pinzgau, Pontremolese, Pustertaler, Reggiana, Sarda, Sardo-Modicana, Varzese.
The colour of the
coat can vary from brown to black with a ridge of light hairs around the
muzzle, which is dark as well, medium sized light-coloured horns, bent sideway
and forward. Meat and milk production are of high quality, although they can
vary according to the difficulties of the breed to adapt to difficult or
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