The French cattle have changed from fawn to red - we must be near Salers
By Judy Evans
August 6, 2017 12:03pm CST
As we’ve travelled through France the last two days I’ve noticed that the cattle have changed from a biscuity-colour to a rich mahogany red. We are now in the region of Cantal in the Massif Central of France. This evening we drove through Salers and this is the name given to these ‘red’ cattle. They are a large breed with long lyre-shaped horns although some are born without horns. They were originally bred as draught animals but are now considered dual-purpose (meat and milk). They are renowned for their ability to withstand extremes of temperature. We’ve seen a lot today and we’ve been mostly at an altitude of around 5,000 feet. The one in the photo was by herself and is possibly a ‘house-cow’ milked by hand to provide milk for a household. The cow-bells give a lovely sound and most herds of cattle that we’ve seen over the last few days seem to have a few ‘belled’ cows in their midst. So I now have another of my own photos to add to my collection of cattle breeds.
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• Bunbury, Australia
Some of the mobs seem to have been confined to areas where finding them wouldn't be a problem but perhaps the owners don't get around to taking the bells off or it's just habit to have them on. They are certainly a lovely sound to hear in the distance.
• United States
I love cows. Both my grandfathers raised cattle, one had pedigree herefords and people came from all over the country to have their cows breed with his bulls. That was before all this technology! Cows are very smart. That is a beautiful bull you have pictured!
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
This cow certainly is a good looking cow! I am happy you noticed it so much that you took a picture and shared the story about them. I never heard of this type of cow. Can one find this cow in other countries or is it a cow unique to this area of France
• Bunbury, Australia
@Marty1 Ireland is a separate 'island' off the coast of Britain. It is divided into North and South Ireland. The North is part of the UK and the South is an independent country. The UK consists of England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and perhaps a few small islands that I'm not sure about. Hope that helps.