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Rubia Gallega - bull - Spain

Rubia Gallega
(most common name)

(transboundary/brand name):
Galician Blond
(local/other name):
• Raza Rubia Gallega
also named (Gallego):
• Rubia Galega

The Rubia Gallega is closely related to the Minhota (found in Portugal) and is described as being rustic, hardy and docile; it is also known for its longevity (up to 21 years). It is a dual-purpose breed with an emphasis on beef.

As a beef breed, the Rubia Gallega has excellent growth, very good meat structure and good muscling. Veal from the Rubia Gallega has PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) status.

In 2016, the Rubia Gallega ranked as the second most numerous of the four major native beef breeds in Spain (as shown in the following population counts):
Asturian Valley - 98,916
• Rubia Gallega - 37,850
Retinta - 27,798
Asturian Mountain - 21,267

As a dairy breed, Rubia Gallega milk is one of the required components of a PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) cheese called San Simón. Traditionally-made Tetilla cheese from Galicia also uses Rubia Gallega milk.

This page was last updated on: 2020-01-01

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