The Kea breed developed on the island of Kea (Cycladic group) mainly from crosses of pre-existing indigenous cattle of the short horn type and Swiss Brown bulls. In 2012, acting on information collected by “Amalthia” Network, members of “Amalthia” and the Ministry of Agriculture visited the isolated island of Makronisos where a herd of cattle was located.

Morphological traits

The Kea breed has typical dairy cattle conformation.

Productivity traits


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


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