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Piedmontese

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 Piedmontese breed.

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.