- The Chianina is the largest cow (or bull for that matter).
- The average cow weighs between 1,700 and 2,400 pounds and stands 5 feet tall at the whithers.
- The average bull weighs 3,000 pounds. The largest Chianina bull on record weighted 4,300 pounds!
- Bulls are typically 6 feet high at the whithers.
- Despite their large size, Chianinas have a trim, shapely look, with a fine narrow head.
- Most Chianinas are white, although steel grey is possible, and one line of Chianinas are black.
- Their nose and hooves are black.
- The Chianina originated from the same region as Chianti wine -- in Tuscany, Italy. (The "ch" in
Chianina is pronounced like a "k".)
- The Chianina's present conformation was settled in the early 19th century.
- The Italian herdbook formed in 1956.
- Chianinas were first imported into the US in 1973.
A Field Guide to Cows
, by John Pukite,
Falcon Press, Helena, Montana, pp.98-99.
Pictures from http://www.agriculture.eku.edu, and