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Chusco -bull- Bolivia/Chile/Ecuador/Guatemala/Peru

(most common name)
(transboundary/brand name)

local/other name (Spanish):
• Crioulo de las Sierras
local/other name (English):
• Altiplano Criollo
Bolivian Altiplano Criollo
• Criollo of the Altiplano
• Peruvian Criollo
Peruvian Sierra Criollo

The Chusco of Ecuador and Bolivia is a beef breed that is considered to be a variety of Bolivian Criollo and is adapted to the highland plain of western Bolivia (in the department of La Paz).

The Chusco of Peru are multi-purpose cattle that have not been formally classified into breeds. ‘Chusco’ is reported to mean ‘mongrel’. They are well adapted to highland conditions in elevations above 3,500 ASL.

Also in Peru, there is more or less indiscriminate crossing with Brown Swiss, Holstein, Aberdeen-Angus and others — so coat coloration varies greatly.

Chusco are also found in Chile and Guatemala.

ASL = Above Sea Level

This page was last updated on: 2023-05-16

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My Daily Cow® Peru and read about other Peruvian cattle breeds.

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