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Breeds of Livestock - Canary Island Cattle

Breeds of Livestock - Canary Island Cattle

Canary Island

Also known by: Canaria (Spanish),

This breed is found on the Canary Islands off the coast of northwest Africa.  They are reddish in coloration and are thought to of originated from the Galician Blond.  These cattle were brought to the islands in the last part of the fifteenth century.

Some source site evidence that these cattle, brought to Santa Domingo in 1493 by the Spaniards, was the first breed brought to the New World.

Female Canary Island cattle average 148 cm in height and 575 kg in weight.  The bulls are larger, standing 152 cm and weighing 800 kg.

Genus Bos: Cattle Breeds of the World, 1985, MSO-AGVET (Merck & Co., Inc.), Rahway, N.J.

Mason, I.L. 1996. A World Dictionary of Livestock Breeds, Types and Varieties. Fourth Edition. C.A.B International. 273 pp.

Carl Wright, England. 


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