Simmental cattle

Simmental is a breed of cattle whose history dates back to the Middle Ages. Early records indicate that Simmental cattle were the result of a cross between large German cattle and a smaller breed indigenous to Switzerland.

Description

Brown fleckvieh simmental  of cattle whose history dates back to the Middle Ages. Early records indicate that Simmental cattle were the result of a cross between large German cattle and a smaller breed indigenous to Switzerland. The name Simmental is derived from the name of the area where the cattle were first bred – the Simme Valley which is situated in the Berner Oberland in Switzerland.

brown fleckvieh simmental cattle

The breed is known under the following names

  • Fleckvieh Simmental: Argentina
  • Simmental: Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, France (early 1990s name change from Pie Rouge), Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland (SI-division), United Kingdom, USA, Zambia and Zimbabwe
  • Fleckvieh: Austria, Germany, Netherland, Spain, Switzerland (SF-division) and Uruguay
  • Simmentaler: South Africa and Namibia

Local names based on the breed-name used in the official breed association names which boil down to “spotted cattle”: Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia. Most of these countries use Simmentalas a translation of their local name.

Simmental colour varies from gold to red with white, and may be evenly distributed or clearly defined in patches on a white background. The head is white and often a white band appears over the shoulders like the photos above. The majority have pigment around the eyes, helping to reduce eye problems which occur from bright sunlight.

Among the older and most widely distributed of all breeds of cattle in the world, and recorded since the Middle Ages, the Simmental breed has contributed to the creation of several other famous European breeds, including the Montbeliarde (France), the Pezzata Rossa d’Oropa (Italy), and the Fleckvieh (Germany and Austria).https://greenyarfarm.com/product/simmental-cattle/

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