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Blond BreedBreed History

An ancient breed

From the earliest days there have been cattle with light colored mucous membrane in South West of France.

The most ancient writings described with pleasure the extraordinary qualities of the Vallée de la Garonne cattle known for their size, their strength which allowed them to work during temperatures of 35°C in the shade.

Garonnaise breed ( Show at Poissy - 1855 )

1845 : The first known comparison numbers at the Beef Cattle show at Poissy already showed the tremendous potential of the breed.

1856 : Publishing of the first filiation’s book of the Garonnaise breed by Dr Lafosse of the Veterinary School of Toulouse.

1898 : Founding of the Garonnais Herd-Book with the purpose of a better selection for reproducing meat and work  capacity.

1920 : Founding of the Quercy Herd-Book. The Tarn and the Garonne breeders abandon the Garonnais Herd-Book and create their own Herd-Book.

1921 : Founding of the Blond des Pyrénées Herd-Book which reassembles all the Western  Blond des Pyrénées population, cow’s particularly rustic, good milch cow, well adapted to the mountains and slightly inferior shape to the Garonnaise.

A modern breed

At the end of the second World War, the agricultural mechanization progresses rapidly. The South-Western breeders catch on quickly the evolution and move to the production of meat.

1961 : The Quercy Herd-Book returns to the Garonnais Herd-Book. It is renamed : The Blonde d’Aquitaine Breed Herd-Book.

1962 : The Blond des Pyrénées Herd-Book which showed no more than a couple dozen registered animals  decided to merge with the Blonde d’Aquitaine Herd-Book.

As of 1962, the Blonde d’Aquitaine Breed regroups all the South West blond cattle and we will rapidly witness the takeover of the Blonde des Pyrémées et Quercy branches by the Garonnais.


The Blonde d'Aquitaine in the world

Even if she is the most recent breed of meat on the national and world scale, the Blonde d’Aquitaine is rapidly becoming an international breed.

Quickly after their creation ( 1962 ), the Anglo-Saxon countries became interested in her qualities, particularly with her easy calving and exceptional meat production.

The first animals which were exported to Canada in 1970, New-Zealand in 1971, Great-Britain in 1972 and the United-States of America in 1974. Today, these countries have developed an important livestock and their interest for the breed has not changed.

Greatly because of her important skill for adaptation and mostly her calving skills and meat production in difficult circumstances, the Blonde d’Aquitaine is now present in over 25 countries across the world.

The qualities of the Blonde d’Aquitaine breed are largely demonstrated by trials, experiments made by several world wide research centers and the increasing demand for exportations would prove, if needed, that the Blonde d’Aquitaine breed is most certainly one of the best choices to a modern breeding.