Oxen in Mallorca island

There is an indigenous breed of ox on Mallorca that is still found on the island, and which is thought to be possibly related to a breed from the island of Sardinia. It was used for agricultural tasks, with the castrated male being particularly heavily employed on the land.

It wasn’t used for consumption until the First World War, when both its milk and meat entered the diet. It is currently becoming extinct, this being due to the fact that agricultural machinery has taken over work involving tractive force and that its productivity in terms of milk and meat is below that of other breeds. It is possible to see this animal at the Parc Natural de S’Albufera.

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