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(Article from "Beef Review"- used with permission)

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R omagnola beef cattle

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M inimum maintenance

A dapted to all climates

G reater weight for age

N atural muscling

O ptimum carcase qualities

L ow birth weight

An excellent investment

The Romagnola is an ancient breed descended from eastern and central European steppe cattle. About the 4th century the Goths brought them when they settled in the fertile Romagna, Italy. For centuries used as drought animals, selection for beef production occurred as mechanisation in farming increased. In the 1970's the breed was introduced to Great Britain, Ireland, Canada, USA, Australia, Argentina, South Mexico and New Zealand. The balance achieved between beef traits and breeding traits together with extreme hardiness under harsh environmental conditions and the proven qualify of its nutritionally superior beef have placed the Romagnola Breed among the finest cattle breeds in the world. The Romagnola is white / grey in colour with dark pigment skin. Eye cancer is non-existent in Romagnolas. They have hard black feet and straighter hind legs than other European breeds reflecting their dual- purpose beef and drought heritage. As they are Bos Indicus derived and not Bos Taurus as other European and English breeds, the full benefit of hybrid vigour is obtained when cross-breeding. Being Bos Indices, bulls show little interest in riding, fighting or digging holes, all activities that retard growth.

Purebred calves are born a honey-fawn, colour changing to mature while colouring at about 3-4 months. They are not colour dominant over Angus or Friesian with an even line of black calves resulting with low birth weights rarely over 40 kgs. In the norm this makes Romagnola suitable for heifer mating. Romagnolo bulls ore chosen for their vigorous mating ability. Farmers using multiple breed bulls invariably wean a much greater proportion of Romagnola x calves,

Farmers using multiple breed bulls find Romagnola x cattle the earliest Finishers from either dairy or beef cross.

Size and Structural Soundness
Among the largest beef breed in stature; but with moderate bone structure; heavy muscling developed for draught purposes, now ideal for producing beef draught ancestry contributes to excellent walking ability and structural soundness, therefore good longevity and working ability grows to heavy weights without going to fat big animals yet throw small calves - excellent for heifer mating

Great Temperament
Calves docile yet alert bulls have Bos indicus base and show little interest in riding, fighting or digging holes bulls easy to work with "we cut the bulls out of mating mobs in the paddock and walk them out with no troubles"

Valued Carcass Traits
Good carcass thickness and muscularity lean meat with low cholesterol levels, fine grained, rosy red colour large eye muscle area - high % of primal cuts high yielding carcasses

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