ORIGINS OF THE BREED - ITALY
The Piemonte region of Northwest Italy (razza Piemontese) is a secluded pocket,
naturally protected by the Alps mountains. Aurochs, (bos Taurus) ancient European cattle,
populated this region. Some 25,000 years ago, a type of cattle known as Zebu (bos Indicus)
began a massive migration from Pakistan. The vanguard of this migration entered the
Piedmont valleys and were compelled to stop. These two distinct breeds - the Auroch and
the Zebu - fused and evolved over 25,000 yrs. of natural selection to become the
In 1886, the appearance of double-muscling (DM) in Piedmontese cattle attracted the
attention of breeders, who had the foresight to recognize the enormous potential of this
development. The first Herdbook was opened in 1887, and improvement campaign and standard
of merit have led to many years of genetic selection to eliminate detrimental aspects
generally associated with DM.
The information contained on this page are provided courtesy of the Piedmontese
Association of the United States, 108 Livestock Exchange Building, 4701 Marion St.,
Denver, CO 80216.