Pie Rouge des Plaines cattle breed (Lowland Red Pied Cattle) is a dairy cattle breed from France. It was created by crossbreeding Armorican cattle with Meuse-Rhine-Issel and German Red pied cattle in 1966. The breed is bred in the north-west part of France, in Brittany and Normandy.
The Pie Rouge des Plaines cattle differ from the superficially similar Red Holstein. The Red Holstein is a simple selection of red Holstein cattle. However read more information about this cattle breed below.
Pie Rouge des Plaines Cattle Characteristics
Pie Rouge des Plaines cattle are medium to large sized animals. As the name suggests, these animals are usually red-pied in coloration. They have pale skin and short low horns.
Average height of the bulls is about 150 cm at the withers, and about 138 for the cows. The bulls on average weight about 1000 kg. And average body weight of the cows is about 700 kg. Photo and info from Wikipedia.
These animals are a dairy cattle breed. They are primarily used for milk production.
These cattle are good milk producers. And their milk is of very good quality, containing about 4.13 percent fat and about 3.44 percent protein.
A cow on average can produce about 6900 kg of milk per year. Sometimes these animals are crossed with beef cattle breeds for producing quick-growing calves. And their meat quality is also greater than Holstein cattle.
Currently, they are mostly found in Brittany, with some in Normandy and central departments. There were about 25,000 breeding cows, with 4000 in the herdbook in 2001. Review full breed profile of this breed in the chart below.
|Pie Rouge des Plaines
|Lowland Red Pied Cattle
|Mainly milk, and also meat
|Good milkers, calves grow fast
|Medium to large
|About 1000 kg
|About 700 kg
|Country/Place of Origin