Also Known By:
Valais, Eringer (German)
The Herens is a
small, triple purpose breed native to the Swiss Alps with
a range as far as Chamonix, at the foot of Mt. Blanc, in France.
Numbers have decrease since World War II due
to a decrease in farming done in the higher mountain regions.
The Herens was originally a sporting breed
with herd leaders received special care and are trained for the cowfight
in which animals push against each other, head to head, until one
backs away, the loser.
Coats are dark red to brown, often with a lighter
stripe down the back. The average female height is approximately 119
cm and weight from 450 to 500 kg; males are somewhat large with an
approximate height of 122 cm and weighing from 600 to 650 kg. The
average milk yield was estimated in 1975 at 2909 kg.
Genus Bos: Cattle Breeds of the World, 1985,
MSO-AGVET (Merck & Co., Inc.), Rahway, N.J.
Mason, I.L. World Dictionary of Livestock
Breeds. Third Edition. C.A.B International. 1988
Pierre Bonard, Brûlées 54, CH
- 1093 La Conversion (VD), Switzerland
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