Brandrood Cattle

Netherlands

Gelderland

Breeds and animal husbandry

Milk and milk products

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Brandrood Cattle

Three great rivers—the Rhine, the Meuse and the Yssel—cut through the center of the Netherlands. Today, the dappled red cattle breed known as Meuse Rhine Yssel (MRY) is still one of the most common in the country, with the land between the three rivers previously known for a variation of the breed with a deep red coat, called Brandrood (literally “red flame”). Appreciated for its well-developed musculature and dual purpose (milk and meat), the Brandrood breed was commonly farmed in the area until World War II. After the war, numbers fell almost to the point of extinction as farmers became more interested in the dappled red and white cows that were genetically predisposed to produce greater quantities of milk.
In recent years, the Brandrood breed has been genetically isolated and its traits have been fixed. This new genetic line was recently officially recognized as a breed under the name “Dutch Brandrood.”
The dark-red cattle have a white star on their forehead and are white on their bellies, ankles and the tips of their tails. Calm and docile by nature, this hardy breed can withstand many diseases and can graze outdoors even in cold temperatures. This makes it suited to outdoor farming, which is practiced from April to as late as December, depending on the weather. Its beef is excellent for stews and sausages, and makes the ideal base for Naegelholt, a traditional air-dried beef made using the hindquarter, an Ark of Taste product. The milk can also be used to make excellent cheeses.

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In 2001, facing the very real possibility of the breed becoming extinct (at that time only 100 animals remained), a number of farmers joined together in a foundation—the Het Brandrode Rund—and launched a national appeal to track down other animals being kept by enthusiasts of the breed. A year later, 200 cattle were registered. By 2007 this number had risen to around 500, of which 60 or so were bulls. The semen from 12 different genetic lines is now kept in a gene bank. Brandrood cattle are generally farmed in natural reserves, where they graze freely on grass, their diet supplemented by hay silage, hay and a small amount of cereals.
The foundation is also using communication and its logo to promote this breed among hobby farmers and raise awareness among consumers to encourage them to buy fresh and cured beef and dairy products. At the moment, only one producer—Michiel Cassuto, an organic farmer in Ede—is making cheese. His products can be recognized by the name Brandrood imprinted on the rind (www.foodwelove.nl/verhalen/brandrood-kaas). The Slow Food Presidium wants to unite all the farmers who follow a strict production protocol, specifying free grazing for at least six months of the year, slaughtering only after 18 months of life and using only GMO-free, locally produced supplementary cereals.

Production area
Along the Yssel River, the southwest of Drenthe province, the east of Noord-Brabante province and the north of Limburg province
De Emsterhof
Sjoerd Bokma
Brinkerweg 27
8166 GD Emst

C. van Duijn
Voorstraat 31-33
3245 BG Sommelsdijk

M. Cassuto
Kernhemseweg 6
6718 ZB Ede
He produces an excellent raw milk cheese that he sells directly and in part to a cheesemonger for aging

René Jansen
Ridderinkweg 3
7735 KG Arriën

MAROPE op Landgoed Zelle
Jeroen Hoppen
Zelledijk 42a
7255 MR Hengelo (Gelderland)

Overesch Biologische Landbouw
Hondemotsweg 40
8101 NJ Raalte

Erfgoed Bossem
Dorpstraat 7
7635 NA Lattrop

B. Klein Swormink
Assinksteeg 1
7434 PR Lettele

Willem van den Akker
Heikantsehoeve 52
5258 TS Berlicum

Natuurmonumenten Oost-Veluwe / De Groote Modderkolk
Vrijenbergweg 24B
7371 AA Loenen (Gelderland)

Spierings melkvee VOF (Cor en Jasper)
Oijenseweg 284
5346 JG Oss

John Jansen
Overheek 21
6343 PB Klimmen
Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Frans-Jan Van Laer
Tel. +31 614504415
info@vlcompany.nl
In 2001, facing the very real possibility of the breed becoming extinct (at that time only 100 animals remained), a number of farmers joined together in a foundation—the Het Brandrode Rund—and launched a national appeal to track down other animals being kept by enthusiasts of the breed. A year later, 200 cattle were registered. By 2007 this number had risen to around 500, of which 60 or so were bulls. The semen from 12 different genetic lines is now kept in a gene bank. Brandrood cattle are generally farmed in natural reserves, where they graze freely on grass, their diet supplemented by hay silage, hay and a small amount of cereals.
The foundation is also using communication and its logo to promote this breed among hobby farmers and raise awareness among consumers to encourage them to buy fresh and cured beef and dairy products. At the moment, only one producer—Michiel Cassuto, an organic farmer in Ede—is making cheese. His products can be recognized by the name Brandrood imprinted on the rind (www.foodwelove.nl/verhalen/brandrood-kaas). The Slow Food Presidium wants to unite all the farmers who follow a strict production protocol, specifying free grazing for at least six months of the year, slaughtering only after 18 months of life and using only GMO-free, locally produced supplementary cereals.

Production area
Along the Yssel River, the southwest of Drenthe province, the east of Noord-Brabante province and the north of Limburg province
De Emsterhof
Sjoerd Bokma
Brinkerweg 27
8166 GD Emst

C. van Duijn
Voorstraat 31-33
3245 BG Sommelsdijk

M. Cassuto
Kernhemseweg 6
6718 ZB Ede
He produces an excellent raw milk cheese that he sells directly and in part to a cheesemonger for aging

René Jansen
Ridderinkweg 3
7735 KG Arriën

MAROPE op Landgoed Zelle
Jeroen Hoppen
Zelledijk 42a
7255 MR Hengelo (Gelderland)

Overesch Biologische Landbouw
Hondemotsweg 40
8101 NJ Raalte

Erfgoed Bossem
Dorpstraat 7
7635 NA Lattrop

B. Klein Swormink
Assinksteeg 1
7434 PR Lettele

Willem van den Akker
Heikantsehoeve 52
5258 TS Berlicum

Natuurmonumenten Oost-Veluwe / De Groote Modderkolk
Vrijenbergweg 24B
7371 AA Loenen (Gelderland)

Spierings melkvee VOF (Cor en Jasper)
Oijenseweg 284
5346 JG Oss

John Jansen
Overheek 21
6343 PB Klimmen
Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Frans-Jan Van Laer
Tel. +31 614504415
info@vlcompany.nl

Territory

StateNetherlands
RegionGelderland