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Heck cattle
(most common name in English)
(transboundary/brand name in France, Latvia)

(most common name):
also (transboundary/brand name):
• Heck (The Netherlands)
also named (English):
• Heck’s
• Heck Aurochs
Munich-Berlin cattle
• New Aurochs
• Reconstituted Aurochs
also named (French):
• Aurochs de Heck
• Aurochs reconsti
• Aurochs-reconstitué

Heck cattle were originally developed in Germany by the Heck brothers (Heinz in Munich, Lutz in Berlin) in the early 1900’s (for details, see: Munich-Berlin cattle).

Heck cattle are, on average, a foot shorter in height than the original aurochs which had bulls averaging 5 feet 6 inches (170 cm) at the withers (van Vuure, 2005). The tallest aurochs reached an additional foot (200 cm) at the withers (Felius, 1995).

Heck cattle are bred in several European countries. Recorded DAD-IS population counts include:
France (2007) - population 224
Latvia (2013) - population 184
Netherlands (2005) - population 100–1,000
United Kingdom (2012) - population 11

In 2016, a combined European population of 2,000 Heck cattle was thought to exist on various nature reserves and through private ownership.

In the Netherlands, Heck cattle are important for grazing and vegetation management. In Germany, they are kept on nature reserves.

NOTE: As of 2018, Heck cattle are no longer listed by Germany in the DAD-IS database.

You can also go to:

My Daily Cow® France, Germany, Latvia, Netherlands and United Kingdom and read about other French, German, Latvian, Dutch and UK cattle breeds.

The Cow Wall® A-Z Cattle Breed Picture Reference to see other breeds of cattle in the world.