Vestland fjord cattle breed

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Vestland Fjord

The Vestland fjord is a local Norwegian cattle breed, raised for both milk and meet. At the end of the 19th century, every region in western Norway had its own local cattle breed but, as the small size of local herds increased the risk of inbreeding, individuals were selected and crossed to produce a single breed, the Vestland fjord.

The Vestland fjord is the smallest of Norwegian cattle breeds. Its coat varies from black to reddish-brown and, occasionally, white. Some individuals are polled, and some horned. Due to the introduction of more productive breeds, the remaining population of Vestland fjords is quite small. However, over the past few years, efforts have been made to enlarge the herd and prevent extinction.

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Nominated by:Giovanni Radaelli