History of an Ancient Breed

The Piedmontese is one of the principal Italian breed.The last breed standard dates back to 1977 and the genealogical book is conserved by the Anaborapi Association.The Piedmontese, unlike others breeds, has never undergone genetic modification. Its ancient origins date back to the fusion with an Aurochs type breed between the Alps and the Apennines. The passage way to the East of these animals was hindered by wetlands and marshy territory which ranged from the lower valley of the Tanaro River to the Dora Baltea: more or less Piedmont today.The Breed adapts well to various breeding areas, from plains to high range pastures. This is also the reason of its longevity compared to that of other bovine breeds.Its principal characteristics are the exceptionally high percentage of meat yield, in some cases over 70%. Its meat is lean, juicy and tasty with a low level of connective tissue and fat. Furthermore, due to its light bone structure a larger amount of meat cuts are obtained, compared to other huge breedsThe Piedmontese, like all other indigenous breeds require breeding areas compatible with the territory.


Although its remarkable characteristics as far as its taste and the culinary points of view are concerned, in the past years there has been a large decrease in the number of cattle.Breeding “whites”, had in fact become uneconomical in many ways compared to breeding dairy cows.   Mainly due to meat and cattle importers, local breeders had to give up, not being able to cope with the strong industrialization and competition. Over 50% of the Piedmont breeders have family run lands.But lately there has been a slight improvement and an increase in the number of cattle. Although this might not seem so important to many, we must remember that according to the genetic rules, a breed is considered on its way to extinction below a certain number of cattle. There has been a large change among the cattle breeders as well, as more and more young people choose to remain on the farms, making breeding their main activity. All “La Granda” breeders have  family run lands and maintain the calf-cow policy, that all animals are born and bred on the farm.