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Retinta -cow and calf- Spain

(most common name)
(transboundary/brand name)

(local/other name):
• Raza Retinta Andaluza
local/other name (English):
• Andalusian Brown

The Retinta is an authentic Andalusian breed that originated with the union of Andalusian Red, Extremadura Red and Andalusian Blond. The first herdbook was started in 1933 and a breed society was formed in 1965. A new herdbook was established in 1976.

The Retinta is closely related to the Alentejana — they may even be essentially the same breed through a shared descent from the Transtagana.

Local varieties of Retinta include:
• Extremadura Red (Colorada Extrameña)
Andalusian Blond (Rubia Gaditana)

Between 1975 and 1982, the Retinta became specialized as a maternal breed with crosses made with:
Charolais (mainly)
Limousin (mainly)
Hereford (mainly)
Shorthorn (some)
Santa Gertrudis (some)

Continuing today as a maternal breed, the Retinta is strongly associated with the dehesa habitat of open evergreen oak and cork oak woodland. Retinta beef carries the PDO of ‘Carne de Retinto’.

(Spanish) Retinta = dark red

This page was last updated on: 2023-05-26

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