The Romagnola cattle are a dual purpose breed of cattle used for meat production and as draught animals. The breed belongs to the Podolic group of grey cattle and is from the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy.
It was principally used as a draught breed in the past, and was bred for that purpose. But since the mechanization of agriculture in the middle of the twentieth century, they have been bred primarily for meat production.
Today the Romagnola cattle are available in many other countries outside it’s native place.
Since the Second World War, the numbers of these animals have fallen sharply in Italy. Their total number recorded 13,054 at the end of the year of 2013. Read more information about this cattle breed below.
Romagnola Cattle Characteristics
Romagnola cattle are large animals, usually with ivory-white color with tending to grey on the foreparts. Some animals are also grey or black switch. Although their coat color varies with the season, usually darker in winter.
Their skin and natural openings are black. Both bulls and cows have horns. The bulls have half-moon-shaped horns, and the horns of the cows are light and lyre-shaped. The horns are slate-grey in young animals, becoming pale at the base and dark at the tip with maturity.
The Romagnola cattle have massive and powerful foreparts and short but strong legs. Average height of the Romagnola bulls is between 155 and 158 cm, and 139 to 144 cm for the cows.
The bulls on average weight about 1200 to 1300 kg. And average body weight of the cows is about 650 to 700 kg. Photo and info from Wikipedia.
The Romagnola cattle were raised mainly a draught breed in the past, but now used as a meat cattle breed. Some people also use them as dairy cattle.
Romagnola cattle are very hardy and active animals. They have massive and powerful foreparts and strong legs, and they were used for heavy work in the past. The breed is very suitable for meat production.
And their meat is considered to be of high quality and carries a registered mark of quality. However, review full breed profile of the Romagnola cattle in the following table.
|Breed Purpose||Draught, meat|
|Special Notes||Hardy, strong, good meat quality|
|Bulls||Between 1200 and 1300 kg|
|Cows||Between 650 and 700 kg|
|Climate Tolerance||All Climates|
|Country/Place of Origin||Italy|