Orinis Kritis



The Orinis Kritis breed (Mountain Cattle breed of Crete) possibly descends from a cattle population bred in Crete for centuries. The last herd of the Mountain type cattle was kept for years by the Manoussakis family. On the advice of “Amalthia Network”, when the owner died the cattle were placed in the care of three breeders thus preventing the extinction of the last specimens.

Morphological traits

Morphologically Cretan Mountain cattle resemble the Vrahicheros breed.

Productivity traits


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


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