I was driving down the old sunken dirt road between my farm and the neighbors’ and his heifer herd came to visit.
They are of the breed Blonde d’Aquitaine, the dominant cow breed here. Blondes are very big cows with large muscles and small bones for their size. They render very well. The Italian feedlots pay a lot for the male calves.
They’re doing well out there. The seven of them have an 8ha field (about 20 acres) and get supplemented with hay or silage.
They are a modern breed merged from a few different local cows and have all sorts of random horn configurations. They are impressive cows and make my Salers look small!
There are downsides: They have high vet costs and often fertility issues. They don’t finish on grass and don’t have much flavor. But the market is strong for them and they are the main breed of the Gers cow farmers.