Qualities

    The Bazadaise breed of cattle have the qualities necessary to produce one calf per year. They are easy calving which is understandable because the mothers have a good broad pelvis and a low birth weight for the calves. They are also renowned for their grass finishing ability, mobility, hardiness and strong muscular development.
     
    The Bazadaise beef cattle breed does have a considerable advantage of combining a quality carcase of succulent meat, with an excellent feed conversion ability and resistance to extreme conditions. Its efficient food conversion rate derives from the harsh nature from which the breed had its birth, having to make the most of what was available. Because of the difficult conditions it has experienced throughout its long history the Bazadaise cattle breed have developed a true robustness.

    q1Qualities Of Hardiness

    • adapts to all types of conditions
    • good converter of rough fodder
    • natural resistance to parasites
    • adapts very well to rough country
    • vigour and adaptive traits
    • athletic and mobile

    Exceptional Breeding Qualities

    • improvement of growth potential
    • strong muscular development
    • substantial meat yield
    • high fertility
    • very good mothers
    • easy calving
    • intelligent and easy to handle


    The Bazadaise beef cattle breed offers great potential as an economical producer of high quality beef. Its extraordinary versatility makes it an impressive beast that can adapt to almost every production system. Thanks to its physical soundness, fattening ability, high return carcase weight and finely textured low cholesterol tender meat, the Bazadaise cattle breed can be considered to have outstanding characteristics that give confidence in its future.

    The animals must have the features of the Bazadaise breed defined by the following characteristics.


    HEIGHT:  On average between 1m 40 cm and 1m 47cm.

    COAT:  Their coat is short and smooth and can have the dappled appearance.

    Bull – steel to lighter grey with a silver sword through the shoulders

    Cow – generally lighter in colour, grey and often slightly shaded with a wheat colour.

    Calf – it is born with a wheat coloured coat and in the months that follow takes on the typical colour of the breed.

    HEAD:  The head is triangular of medium size with a good width muzzle, an open nostril and clear mucous membranes. The forehead and the brow are, in general, a darker colour then the rest of the coat.

    EYES:  They are well hooded, pigmented, surrounded by a dominant silver circle with very light grey lashes.

    MUZZLE:  It is terracotta coloured.

    MOUTH:  It is small, yet the sides of the lower jaw are fairly well apart.

    EARS:  They are low set, thick with black or grey hair inside.

    FACE:  Sweet and intelligent looking.

    NECK:  The neck is coupled neatly to a sloping shoulder. In bulls of 2 years old the neck becomes thick with a prominent hump.

    WITHERS:  In mature animals they stand out well and they are thick. One often notices a slight hollowing/depression of the chest.

    SHOULDERS:  Neat sloping shoulders. Bulls’ shoulders develop to be prominent and muscular.

    FLANKS:  They are round and large and come out horizontally from the spinal column.

    CHEST:  It is broad and deep with a smooth brisket.

    BACK:  Straight broad top line.

    LOINS:  Broad, well supported.

    RUMP: It should be an extension of the line of the back showing a broad pelvis and slightly inclined.

    TAIL: It is firm/well attached in the extension of the sacrum, broad at its base, fine/slim at the tip and it comes just about down to the point of the hock.

    HIND QUARTER:  They are round and muscular, well filled and come right down to the hocks. The flat part of the buttocks and the inside of the thighs take on quite a light and glossy shade.

    TESTICLES:  They are well separated, without exaggerated development. The sack is flesh or grey coloured. The sheath is not very well pronounced.

    UDDERS:  They are fleshy, medium volumed and covered with sparse very light hair. Having also internal mammary glands which milk on demand, a pendulous udder is not desirable.

    FRAME:  Long and broad with fine bone.

    LEGS:  They are lean and slender, not showing excessive length.

    FEET:  They are small: The hoof is very hard and dark in colour.

    BALANCE:  Perfectly balanced with a quick, swinging walk.

    SKIN:  Fine supple, slack and shiny.

    HAIR:  It is flat and soft to the touch. The hair, which covers the belly, is of a lighter shade then those on the other parts of the body.

    The Bazadaise breed of cattle provide an exceptional combination of high muscling and ability to marble off grass. This is the foundation of the Bazadaise breeds outstanding carcase characteristics. The fine conformation and quality of the carcase lead to high levels of meat production meaning more meat and less waste.

    Indeed the carcase quality and excellent flavour of the Bazadaise breeds meat is confirmed by butchers and consumers. Butchers value the very high meat production that the Bazadaise produces and are happy to be able to offer their clients meat of excellent eating quality with respect to its tenderness, fine grain, juiciness with at the same time, an even coverage of fat.

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