Blonde d'Aquitaine

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Blonde d'Aquitaine on summer pasture in the Pyrenees.
Blonde d'Aquitaines in Queensland, Australia.

Blonde d'Aquitaine is a breed of beef cattle originating from the Aquitaine district in south west of France embracing the area of the Garonne valley and the Pyrenees. The breed is a combination of three local strains, the Garonnais, the Quercy, and the Blonde des Pyrenees.[1] Blondes were predominantly draught animals until the end of the Second World War. This resulted in their muscle development, hardiness and docility. In the latter half of the 20th Century the breed was proliferated to other parts of Europe and overseas, establishing major breeding populations in Canada, Australia and The United States.[2] They were always hardy, lean animals with light but strong bone structure. Blondes show some variation of color ranging from almost white to tan.

Blondes are the third most popular beef breed in France behind Charolais and Limousin.

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