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Blonde d'Aquitaine

History

The ancestor of the Blonde d’Aquitaine is the Bos Aquitanicus which gave rise to wheat-colour coated bovines with light-coloured mucosae that were widespread in the south-west of France.
As zootechnics further developed at the end of the XIX century, three different bovine populations – the Garronaise, the Quercy and the Blonde des Pyrénées, all listed in Herd Books between 1898 and 1920 – were singled out.

Blonde d'Aquitaine

Farming

The Blonde d’Aquitaine breed has been farmed in Italy since the 1950s, especially in the North and particularly in Piedmont, where over the years a whole production chain has been developed. Nowadays, the production chain comprises hundreds of producers who farm over 60.000 animals. In compliance with tradition, the Blonde d’Aquitaine is farmed in Italy through young male bovines (broutards in French) previously imported from France.

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THE PROJECT
Promoting a European excellence
“Blonde d’Aquitaine: European Beef Excellence” is a three-year (2020-2022) promotional and informational project co-financed by the European Union and managed by Asprocarne Piemonte and France Blonde d’Aquitaine Sélection. Its main aim is to improve the awareness of the Blonde d’Aquitaine beef cattle breed among European consumers and business operators, more specifically in France and in Italy.
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ITALY-FRANCE
Other countries,
other tastes
In Italy, beef cattle farming has developed in regions where corn and cereals – main feed materials used in farms – are plentiful. However, the domestic demand for beef surpasses local resources. For this reason, in the 1960s a constant supply flow of calves from Europe, and particularly from France, was established.
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