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Bulgarian gray cattle

Bulgarian gray cattle are an old local breed. According to some research it is derived from crosses of the short-horn Bos Taurus Brachiceros and the long-horn Bos Taurus Primigenius.

Bulgarian Grey cattle are light to dark gray in colour, the neck and the lower body are dark gray to black. It’s horns are commensurate with a beautiful long forked curve. The tips of the horns and hooves are black. Representatives of the breed are small in size, have a tight and strong skeleton, tight muscles and strong tendons. The strong bone and muscle system made gray cattle invaluable helpers for farmers as a cargo and plough animal in the early twentieth century. During the Balkan Wars and The World War it was used in the Bulgarian army. For decades it was the only assistant to the peasants with their heavy agricultural labour.

For almost the whole year the animals are kept outdoors and successfully cope with harsh climatic conditions and scarce grazing opportunities.

In the Eastern Rhodopes Bulgarian Grey cattle is kept in the region of Madzharovo, in the villages Gorno pole, Malko Popovo and Malki voden.

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