From Angus to Wagyu
A Basic Introduction to Cow Breeds
The many varieties of cattle across the world give us different kinds of meat to eat. Here's a guide to the origin and products of specific cow types.
Of Scottish origin, Angus cattle are prized worldwide
for their well-marbled, meat-heavy carcasses.
A cross between a buffalo and any breed
A native of India, this breed has a distinctive
back hump and can handle hot weather.
A Swiss breedhow now, Brown Cow?
Braunvieh means "brown cattle."
A French breed from Charolles, grown
for meat, not dairy.
A product of central Italy.
Originated in Bavaria, in southern Germany
in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century.
Natives of England, this is a common
breed in the U.S., Argentina and Australia for meat production.
A crossbreed from Italy's Piedmont
region; their breeders promote their meat as being naturally
low in fat but still tender and flavorful. For more information, read our feature on Certified Piedmontese beef or visit www.anaborapi.it
A cross between a Brahman and
a shorthorn, this breed is believed to be the first created
in the U.S.
A breed developed in the Caribbean, this
one is heat-tolerant and meaty.
Originally from England, shorthorns
are a popular American breed because they grow rapidly.
A Swiss breed grown for both dairy and
The famed cattle that produce Japan's prized
Kobe beef, named for the city that launched the breed. For more information, visit www.wagyu.org or www.kobe-niku.jp
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