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The Parthenais originated in the Centre of France, around the borders of Brittany to the Charente Basin, it is said to be one of the oldest french [[breeds|breeds]] with records going back to the beginnning of the Century. This breed provided good quality milk which was used to produce butter and they were also used for draught work.  
 
The Parthenais originated in the Centre of France, around the borders of Brittany to the Charente Basin, it is said to be one of the oldest french [[breeds|breeds]] with records going back to the beginnning of the Century. This breed provided good quality milk which was used to produce butter and they were also used for draught work.  
  
The Parthenais are reddish buckskin to a dark brown colour with dark brown to black around the neck, eyes, ears and jaw. The face and muzzle are lighter. The nose, hooves, and tail are black. Mature cows can weigh upto 900 kg and the bulls 1,250 kg, average birth weight for bulls is around 44 kg and heifers 41 kg.
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Fullblood cattle are well framed, double-muscled (not as large as the Belgian Blue) and have a high muscle-to-bone ratio. For example purebreds will dress out over 67% while fullbloods cut out at over 77%. French government statistics show Parthenaise to be highly productive, fertile producers of high quality, lean meat.
 
 
 
Fertility, regularity and ease of calving, and hardiness of calves are all excellent, with the result that productivity is very high, both numerically and by weight, furthermore the maternal qualities and milk yields of Parthenaise cows ensure that their calves grow well. Calving surveys reveal that 94% of fullbloods are unassisted, another survey found 28% require slight assistance and 66% require no assistance at all.
 
 
 
The Parthenais thrives on all types of terrain and can cope with differing climatic conditions and has very good disease resistance. They have great mobility and thriftiness.
 

Latest revision as of 00:27, 13 March 2013

The Parthenais originated in the Centre of France, around the borders of Brittany to the Charente Basin, it is said to be one of the oldest french breeds with records going back to the beginnning of the Century. This breed provided good quality milk which was used to produce butter and they were also used for draught work.

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