Murnau Werdenfels cattle
The breed in general
The Murnau Werdenfels breed is an old landrace breed from the hilly and marshy regions in Upper Bavaria.
Murnau Werdenfels cattle have light to dark yellow, to red-brown and even dark coat with light eel back. The animals’ muzzle is dark with light side. The eyes are also dark with light side.
The animals have horns. The horns are white-yellow and the black horn tips are characterized by clearly above average robustness.
The medium-sized animals have very solid hooves and are especially suitable to be kept in humid regions due to high joint robustness. Thanks to very good agility they can walk very well on steep pastures.
Murnau Werdenfels cattle are very frugal animals. They are very vital, have very high adaptability to rough climate and are especially characterized by longevity and high fertility.
Milk production is at ca. 4,000 kg/year with 3.6 % fat and 3.3 % protein. A feature of this breed is the unique composition of milk proteins. Murnau Werdenfels cattle have the highest frequency of the beta lactoglobulin D. Unique is also the frequency of beta lactoglobulin W, named after Werdenfels.
The young bulls‘ fattening yield is remarkable as well. They can have daily weight gains of up to 1.3 kg. The meat of Murnau Werdenfels also shows special marbling.
Sacral bone height, cm
ca. 138 - 145
ca. 128 - 130
ca. 850 - 950
ca. 500 - 600