ORINIS KRITIS

Orinis Kritis

 

History

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

Population*

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

 

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PRESPA

Prespa

 

History

The breed of Prespa cattle originated in the eponymous Prespa region situated in close proximity to the Albanian and the North Macedonia borders. Prespa cattle emerged from obscurity at the initiative of SAVE Foundation’s CEO, Hape Grunenfelder as part of a wider programme of studying the populations of Busha cattle of the Western Balkans.

 Morphological traits

The Prespa cattle’s external features indicate unimproved multi-purpose animals like the Vrahicheros.

Productivity traits

Population*

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

 

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SYKIA

Sykia

 

History

Sykia is the second Greek cattle steppe breed.

In the following decades the breed was studied by “Amalthia Network”, a pure herd of Sykia cattle was identified at Olympiada (Chalkidiki) and certified by the Thessaloniki CAGR. In 2015 with funds provided by SAVE Foundation, “Amalthia Network” founded a new Sykia breeding nucleus in Perdika Thesprotia.

 

Morphological Traits

Sykia are medium size cattle.

 

Productivity traits

Population*

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

 

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KEA

Kea

 

History

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

Population*

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

 

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KATERINI

Katerini

 

History

Katerini and Sykia breeds belong to the steppe or podolic breeds of cattle A  mealy muzzle and lyre shaped horns are usually characteristics associated with primitive and unimproved breeds.

 

Morphological Traits

Katerini cattle attain the greatest size of all Greek indigenous cattle breeds.

 

Productivity traits

Population*

The population of the breed is considered ‘Vulnerable’ (2019).

 

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