Cabannina Cattle

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Cabannina Cattle

The Cabannina is a native cattle breed from Genoa, named after the Cabanne plain in the Rezzoaglio municipality. A number of pure-bred animals were preserved here, allowing the revival of the breed over the past few decades after it came close to extinction.
A hardy breed, medium-small in size, it has a dark chestnut or pale brown coat, with a cream stripe along the back, known as the riga mulina, which fades into reddish shades. Thanks to its fairly large rumen it has a considerable capacity for ingestion, and its short, robust limbs make it suitable for mountain grazing. The breed is used for meat and dairy. Though the amount of milk it produces is small (26 quintals per lactation), it is of excellent quality, ideal for cheesemaking and rich in the scents and flavors of its grazing environment. The Cabannina is an excellent grazer, able to make the most of even the harshest environments and the poor, shrubby pastures of the Ligurian Apennines.
The Presidium farmers produce a sweet dairy product, known as dolce di latte, a kind of aged ricotta (sarazzu) and various raw-milk cheeses, made without the use of starter cultures. These include the traditional prescinsêua (fresh or aged), formagetta (to be consumed after 15 days) and u cabanin (which ages for at least 40 days). The encouraging results of a scientific study on the nutritional quality of Cabannina beef have also convinced several farmers to start producing the meat as well.

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The raw-milk cheeses, other dairy products and beef are available all year round.

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At the start of the 20th century there were 40,000 Cabannina Cattle, but over the years they were crossed with other breeds or replaced by more productive animals. Thanks to the Genoa Provincial Association of Farmers and the efforts of a few farmers who had stubbornly preserved some pure-bred examples, the task of reviving the breed began in 1982. Today the Cabannina is an officially recognized breed; it is classified as a population at risk of extinction, but the farmers can rely on a fairly good availability of pure genetic lines.
The Presidium protocol requires that the animals be pastured from spring to late fall and that their diet be made up of at least 70% local forage. The producers rear small numbers of animals and work together to promote the breed and its products: cheeses, other dairy products and beef.
This Presidium represents a resource for the local area, guaranteeing new sources of income for small farms and contributing to protecting the landscape.

Production area
Around the city of Genoa and in some municipalities in the Ligurian Apennines
Breeders
Paola Fulle
Rezzoaglio (Ge)
Frazione Mileto, 8
Tel. 347 0485934

Marco Romano
Tribogna (Ge)
Via Codevilla, 72a
Tel. 0185 022696
Antonella Cella
Rezzoaglio (Ge)
Località Mileto, 1
Tel. 347 9069287
antone.cella@gmail.com

Laura Ferretti
Borzonasca (Ge)
Via Caregli, 40
Tel. 348 4144874
situestas.9@gmail.com

Luca Quirini
Leivi (Ge)
Via Selaschi, 4
Tel. 392 6338186
luca.quirini@libero.it

Breeders and meat producers
Ettore Molini
Valbrevenna (Ge)
Località Gherfo, 149
Tel. 328 8886305
ettomoli@hotmail.it

Giampaolo Risso
Serra Riccò
Via al Castello, 2
Tel. 338 5604883
gianrisso@alice.it

Breeders and cheese producers
Autra di Alfredo Bagnasco
Savignone (Ge)
Località Olmi, 13
Tel. 340 5278201
autra@hotmail.it

Angelo Cella
Rezzoaglio (Ge)
Località Parazzuolo, 22
Tel. 0185 86772

Rosanna Cella
Rezzoaglio (Ge)
Località Mileto, 7
Tel. 345 1399112

A Cimma di Paolo Castagnola
Montoggio (Ge)
Località Prele, 2
Tel. 347 7357884
casta.birillo@hotmail.it

Dolce Fiorita di Simone Altemani
Rapallo (Ge)
Via San Massimo, 46c
Tel. 333 3601547
dolcefiorita@gmail.com

Le Vallegge di Anna Maria Sivori
Rovegno (Ge)
Località Vallegge, 1
Tel. 339 6335123
aziendaagricola.vallegge@hotmail.it

Breeders and meat and cheese producers
Francesca Boreanaz
Carro (Sp)
Via San Nicolò, 11
Tel. 349 7868625 - 329 2637273
info@agriturismoilfilodipaglia.it
www.agriturismoilfilodipaglia.it

Butchery

BLM Carni
Tribogna (Ge)
Via Brughiera, 10
tel. 0185 934533 - 347 1381238
blmcarni@libero.it
www.macelleriabasso.it

Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Marcello Villa
Tel. +39 339 7282760
amarcellovilla@gmail.com


Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Marco Carmassi
Tel. 335 1020841
marco.carmassi@liguria.cgil.it

At the start of the 20th century there were 40,000 Cabannina Cattle, but over the years they were crossed with other breeds or replaced by more productive animals. Thanks to the Genoa Provincial Association of Farmers and the efforts of a few farmers who had stubbornly preserved some pure-bred examples, the task of reviving the breed began in 1982. Today the Cabannina is an officially recognized breed; it is classified as a population at risk of extinction, but the farmers can rely on a fairly good availability of pure genetic lines.
The Presidium protocol requires that the animals be pastured from spring to late fall and that their diet be made up of at least 70% local forage. The producers rear small numbers of animals and work together to promote the breed and its products: cheeses, other dairy products and beef.
This Presidium represents a resource for the local area, guaranteeing new sources of income for small farms and contributing to protecting the landscape.

Production area
Around the city of Genoa and in some municipalities in the Ligurian Apennines
Breeders
Paola Fulle
Rezzoaglio (Ge)
Frazione Mileto, 8
Tel. 347 0485934

Marco Romano
Tribogna (Ge)
Via Codevilla, 72a
Tel. 0185 022696
Antonella Cella
Rezzoaglio (Ge)
Località Mileto, 1
Tel. 347 9069287
antone.cella@gmail.com

Laura Ferretti
Borzonasca (Ge)
Via Caregli, 40
Tel. 348 4144874
situestas.9@gmail.com

Luca Quirini
Leivi (Ge)
Via Selaschi, 4
Tel. 392 6338186
luca.quirini@libero.it

Breeders and meat producers
Ettore Molini
Valbrevenna (Ge)
Località Gherfo, 149
Tel. 328 8886305
ettomoli@hotmail.it

Giampaolo Risso
Serra Riccò
Via al Castello, 2
Tel. 338 5604883
gianrisso@alice.it

Breeders and cheese producers
Autra di Alfredo Bagnasco
Savignone (Ge)
Località Olmi, 13
Tel. 340 5278201
autra@hotmail.it

Angelo Cella
Rezzoaglio (Ge)
Località Parazzuolo, 22
Tel. 0185 86772

Rosanna Cella
Rezzoaglio (Ge)
Località Mileto, 7
Tel. 345 1399112

A Cimma di Paolo Castagnola
Montoggio (Ge)
Località Prele, 2
Tel. 347 7357884
casta.birillo@hotmail.it

Dolce Fiorita di Simone Altemani
Rapallo (Ge)
Via San Massimo, 46c
Tel. 333 3601547
dolcefiorita@gmail.com

Le Vallegge di Anna Maria Sivori
Rovegno (Ge)
Località Vallegge, 1
Tel. 339 6335123
aziendaagricola.vallegge@hotmail.it

Breeders and meat and cheese producers
Francesca Boreanaz
Carro (Sp)
Via San Nicolò, 11
Tel. 349 7868625 - 329 2637273
info@agriturismoilfilodipaglia.it
www.agriturismoilfilodipaglia.it

Butchery

BLM Carni
Tribogna (Ge)
Via Brughiera, 10
tel. 0185 934533 - 347 1381238
blmcarni@libero.it
www.macelleriabasso.it

Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Marcello Villa
Tel. +39 339 7282760
amarcellovilla@gmail.com


Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Marco Carmassi
Tel. 335 1020841
marco.carmassi@liguria.cgil.it

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