GREEK WATER BUFFALO

Greek Water Buffalo

 

History

The Greek buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) belongs to the common water buffalo type, (Murrah), and in particular to the Mediterranean buffalo subtype. The Greek water buffalo has been included in the list of endangered and protected breeds under the Ramsar Treaty. In 2004 the “Greek Buffalo Breeders Association” was formed for pursuing the entire range of activities relating to the genetic improvement and promotion of water buffalos in Northern Greece.  In recent years the Association has expanded its activities throughout Greece and in collaboration with the “Institute for Animal Genetic Resources” of Thessaloniki, has achieved the registration of the entire population of Greek Water Buffalos in the breed’s herd book.

 

Morphological Traits

The color of the skin of the Greek buffalo varies from brown to black and the color of the coat from dark grey to black.

Productivity traits

Population*

The breed is classified as ‘Not at Risk’. (2019).

 

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AGATHONISSI

Agathonissi

 

History

The population currently bred on Agathonissi island possibly descends from cattle of a short horn type formerly bred throughout the Aegean islands and employed mainly in agricultural work.

 

Morphological Traits

Their overall external features point to unimproved dairy cattle of the short horn type.

Productivity traits

Population*

The population is classified as ‘Critical’ (2019).

 

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NISYROS

Nisyros

 

History

The Nisyros island cattle population was identified due to field research by “Amalthia”. Their origin is essentially unknown. These Anatolian cattle were described as primitive, of low productivity and economic significance.

 

Morphological Traits

The Nisyros cattle population displays features of both the steppe and short horn cattle types. They are classified as medium size cattle.

Productivity traits

Population*

The population is classified as ‘Critical’ (2019).

 

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KASTELORIZO

Kastelorizo

 

History

The Kastelorizo cattle are relics of a population formerly bred in Kastelorizo and neighboring islets. The cattle are believed to derive from crosses of cattle arriving from the Turkish coast with cattle from other Aegean islands

 

Morphological Traits

The Kastelorizo population bears features of old indigenous Greek breeds utilized mainly for agricultural work.

Productivity traits

Population*

The population is classified as ‘Critical’ (2019).

 

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RODOPI

Rodopi

 

History

The Rodopi breed is not officially recognized as a breed although mentioned as a distinct population in the middle of the last century. The population survived in the Pomak region and other Rodopi villages, hence its name

 

Morphological Traits

Their overall appearance resembles the Vrahicheros cattle.

Morphological traits

Productivity traits

Population*

The population of the breed is classified as ‘Endangered’ (2019).

 

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