Standards for the Breed

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

    HEIGHT:     on average between 1m 40cm and 1m 47cm

    COAT:         The coat is short and smooth and can have a 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 than 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 and should NOT have black patches on it.

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

    EARS:          They are set low, they are 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, 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.

    HINDQUARTER:   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 volume 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 than those on the other parts of the body.

    BAZADAISE “ The butchers perfect beast”

              It’s exceptional combination of high muscling and ability to marble off grass is the foundation of the breed’s 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 it’s beef 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.
    Points for butchery

    -      heavy carcases

    -      a high % of saleable meat

    -      fine boned

    -      well muscled

    -   tender and tasty meat

    -   maximum eye muscle area

    Used in cross breeding, the Bazadaise possesses great qualities to allow the producer to achieve optimum results. The strong genetic traits of the Bazadaise bring about an improved conformation, exceptional length, increased weight gain and higher carcase evaluations. Bazadaise bulls are proving that they leave their stamp on the product they produce with a well developed hind quarter and thickness throughout. The growth impetus given produces profitable, high growth offspring and a high quality, high yielding carcases.

    Points for producer profit

    -      rapid growth:

    -      excellent conformation:

    -      even fat lay down

    -      high yielding carcases

    -      quiet temperament

    -      fatten on grass or grain


    The Bazadaise breed has 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 does have a considerable advantage of combining a quality carcase of succulent meat, with an excellent feed conversion ability and resistance to extreme conditions. It’s efficient food conversion rate derives from the harsh nature from which the breed had it’s birth, having to make the most of what was available. Because of the difficult conditions it has experienced throughout it’s long history the Bazadaise has developed a true robustness.

    Qualities of hardiness

    -   adapts to all types of conditions

    -   good converter of rough fodder

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

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