Posted on 01 September 2010
Chianina is an Italian breed of beef cattle. It is the largest and one of the oldest existing beef cattle breeds in the world.
Chianina are characterised by white hair and a black switch. They have black skin pigmentation. Chianina are heat tolerant and have a gentle disposition. They are the largest breed in size, bulls generally standing 6 feet (1.8m) tall and weighing up to 3,836 lbs. The cows stand at 5 feet or so and weighing in at up to 2,400 lbs. The world record for the heaviest bull was 3,836 lb for Chianina named Donetto, when he was exhibited at the Arezzo show in 1955.
They are used in breeding programs for their growth rate, high quality meat and heat tolerance. They are also great foragers. Chianina are also tolerant to disease and insects to a greater degree than many other domesticated cattle.