Cows and "reines"
Valdostane cows and â€śQueensâ€ť, truly special specimens
The Valdostane breed of cattle is distinguished by its rustic appearance and dual production purpose: meat and milk. They are particularly agile cattle on mountain terrain, suited to difficult climates, resistant to illnesses, live long and breed easily. Fontina , the famous DOP cheese, is produced exclusively with milk from the Valdostane breed, which feed on forage and local herbs. The Valdostane dappled red breed, introduced in Valle d'Aosta by the Burgundians towards the end of the V century, boasts the production of much appreciated milk, if compared with the
size of its specimens and the difficult, environmental breeding conditions. The other two breeds, the Valdostane dappled black and white, characterised by a vivacious and warlike temperament, lead them to fight in spring battles, to establish the hierarchy of the herd. This natural habit among cattle, together with the passion of the breeders, led to the " Batailles de Reines " (Battle of Queens), cruelty free exhibitions held throughout the region. From spring to autumn various rounds are organised,
divided by weight category, which are viewed by the owners of the animals, as well as numerous fans and tourists who take advantage of a day outdoors to enjoy an usual spectacle. The victorious â€śReinesâ€ť from the heats met in October for the final, which takes place in the "Croix Noire" area in Aosta, surrounded by a huge audience.