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Breed: Chianina:

  • 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.

Chianina

white cow

Source: A Field Guide to Cows , by John Pukite, Falcon Press, Helena, Montana, pp.98-99.
Pictures from http://www.agriculture.eku.edu, and http://www.anabic.it.