Herding of the Hungarian Gray Cattle to spring pasture in Tarnaszentmiklós

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Bükk National Park Tarnaszentmiklós herding feast on April 28, 2016. The Directorate of the National Park instead of mowing the grass using Hungarian Gray Cattle (aka. Hungarian Steppe Cattle) to graze the field to protect the habitat of Red-footed Falcons in the southern area of Heves county. Photo: Peter Komka / MTI

"The breed probably arrived with the 9th century Hungarian immigration from the east to the Hungarian lowlands. In the Middle Ages and early modern times the breed was used as a draught animal but from 1861 has been bred for early maturity and its beef quality, being herded live to the markets of Europe. Nowadays Hungarian Grey cattle are kept mainly as tourist attractions in the Hortobágy National Park and other Hungarian national parks. Small herds may be found in a few other places, e.g. Bocfölde, Western Hungary. These herds serve as gene banks, due to their reported resistance to cattle diseases which affect more highly bred cattle types. By 1975 there were only 300 cows left in two herds, but numbers have since increased." - wikipedia

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