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Algarvia - cow - Portugal

(most common name)

(local/other name):
• Raça Bovina Algarvia

The Algarvia originated in the region of Algarve in southern Portugal.

As recently as the 1950’s, the Algarvia was considered a subtype of the Transtagana. However, authorities eventually decided that the Algarvia was a separate breed. Over time it was used for extensive crossbreeding with the Limousin and Charolais and thus it was declared extinct by 1980.

However, in 2010, genetic analysis proved that breeders had kept enough of the Algarvia population alive to revive the breed. A herdbook was started and a tiny herd exists as of 2016.

You can also go to:

My Daily Cow® Portugal and read about other Portuguese cattle breeds.

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