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Murnau-Werdenfels cattle

Murnau-Werdenfels cattle

Place of Origin Germany
Origin The breed originated in Tyrol, Austria and is closely related to Brown Swiss, Braunvieh and Tyrolese Grey Cattle. Nowadays the main breeding region is around Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Murnau that is also called "Werdenfels Country". The breed is in danger of extinction, with only around 130 females in the herdbook and frozen semen from around eleven males. the breed was voted Endangered Breed of the Year 2007 by the German Society for the Conservation of Old and Endangered Livestock Breeds. The Federal State of Bavaria maintains a suckler herd of cows and a sperm bank. It gives financial support to breeders. The breed is part of the Ark of Taste of the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity, dedicated to the preserving of endangered agricultural heritage.
Purpose Murnau-Werdenfels Cattle are an old, robust dairy breed. Both bulls and steers may be used for beef production. Steers formerly served as strong draught oxen, and were an important source of income for small farms.
Appearance The animals are brown-yellow, but there are great colour variations from straw-yellow to reddish brown. Hooves and horn tips are black. There is a white rim around a dark muzzle.
Horns Short horns.
Cows Average Weight 500 - 600 kg (1,102 - 1,323 lbs)
Bulls Average Weight 800 - 950 kg (1764 - 2094 lbs.)
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