Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Bos sondaicus Type

 Cattle of this type were brought into southern and eastern Europe during the great migrations that took place and were spread over the greater part of that continent. At that time these cattle were small in size, and short-bodied, and had small horns. From this type probably most of our breeds in use today are descended, including the Brown Swiss, Jersey and Guernsey. However, the  Shorthorn and Ayrshire, while having this type as a foundation, were probably mixed in the early days of the breeds with the blood of the Bos primigenius type, through crossbreeding principally with Holland cattle.


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