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central region of Italy, have been used as beef and draft animals for thousands of years. When Chianina semen arrived in the U.S. in 1972, cattlemen started trying them out on their British cattle. What began as a part time diversion turned into a profitable commercial Chiangus bull business for Richard Arnold, owner of Willow Oak Ranch in Rogersville, Tennessee. In 1982, with the encouragement of a family cattle have won more steer feed outs and carcass contests than any other continental breed of cattle. Their ability to produce high cutability, and still quality grade is still a highlight today. These cattle cross extremely well with a variety of other breeds.” Marston adds, “Chianina breeders have been utilizing heterosis and hybrids since before it was cool.” Chianina, tall white cattle from the hen cattle have been around for more than 2000 years, they’re bound to develop some traits worth passing on. “Chianina cattle have had a huge impact in the beef industry,” says Andrew Marston, Director of Marketing and Performance Programs for the American Chianina Association. “In a quick glance back, Chianina-influenced 102 | WORKING RANCH | MARCH 2016 The Chianina is one of the oldest recognized breeds of cattle in the world, written about as far back as 55 AD. The breed originated in central Italy, named for the Chiana Valley in the province of Tuscany. ACA ARCHIVE


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