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Origin and diffusion area
The Piè Rouge de lEst (or French Simmental) belongs to the group of Pezzata Rosse races derived from Simmental.
It was obtained by introducing Simmental Switzerland on local breeds (Bressane, Femeline, Camtoise and Montbeliarde, all of which disappeared after 1930, except the last one), at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries.
It is bred mainly in central-eastern France. Since 1946 the herd book has been managed together with Abondance.
The coat is dappled red tending to fromentino, with generally white limbs and ventral region. The head is white (rarely with red spots) with red ears.
The muzzle is flesh-red. The horns (short) and the waxy yellow claws.
Adult females: weight 650-750 kg; height 140 cm.
Large animals, massive, and with a slight prevalence for meat production.
Average production per head of the controlled cows 5.380 kg fat 3.76% protein 3.34% - data 1990).
Breed more inclined to produce meat.
Breed cow Piè Rouge de lEst
Breed bull Piè Rouge de lEst
Breeding area of the Piè Rouge de lEst breed in France