Reared for centuries in the Trentino valley of the same name, the Rendena is a hardy cattle breed well suited to grazing in both the hills and the mountains. Medium-small in size, the animals have a chestnut-brown coat, tending towards black in the males. The other distinctive characteristics are a pale stripe along the back, ivory-colored hairs in the ears and delicate horns, white at the base and black at the tips. The Rendena was brought to Trentino from Switzerland in the 18th century following numerous epidemics of rinderpest that wiped out the local herds, making it necessary to restock cattle populations. The breed flourished in the Rendena Valley in the province of Trento and in the Veneto’s Asiago plateau and spread quickly, becoming the most important dairy breed in the area by the end of the 19th century. Stock numbers fell in the first half of the 20th century, however, due to the two world wars and fascist laws that in 1942 banned the farming of Rendena cattle, instead promoting more productive breeds. Thanks to the efforts of a few farmers, however, a small number of Rendena were saved.
The breed is used for both meat and milk. The beef can be eaten fresh or cured; the most traditional preparation is carne salada, made by brining the leg for at least 20 days with salt, pepper and spices. The finished product can be eaten raw, in thin slices, or grilled.
The fat- and protein-rich milk is consumed fresh or made into yogurt and is also excellent for cheesemaking, It is traditionally used for semi-fat pressed cheeses similar to spressa.
Rendena Valley, Trento province, Trentino-Alto Adige region
Presidium supported by
Madonna di Campiglio Pinzolo Val Rendena tourism agency (A.P.T.)
Fattoria Antica Rendena
Via alla Sega, 1
Tel. +39 335 6790180
The farm shop sells cheeses, yogurt and milk, while the beef can be sampled at the Agritur La Trisa
Via Val Brenta, 14
Sant’Antonio di Mavignola (Tn)
Tel. +39 335 5322915
Cheeses are sold at the farm shop.
Tel. +39 0465 804500 - 339 809445
The farm shop sells cheeses while the beef can be sampled at the agritur.
Sergio, Luca and Patrick Bazzoli
Via Benedetto Lucchi, 18
Sella Giudicarie (Tn)
Tel. +39 348 0426460