Criollo Cattle: An Examination of the Past with an Eye to the Future

TitleCriollo Cattle: An Examination of the Past with an Eye to the Future
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsFredrickson E.L., Estell R.E.
Conference NameAmerican Society of Animal Science, New Mexico Branch American Association of Laboratory Animal Scientists
Date PublishedAugust 5, 2005
Conference LocationNew Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM
ARIS Log Number183712
Keywords1492, Andalusia, cattle, Columbus
AbstractDuring his second voyage in 1492, Columbus introduced the first cattle to the New World. Since their introduction from Andalusia, these cattle have undergone 500 year sof co-evolution with the lanscapes of North and South America. Focusing on arid regions of Chihuahua, Sonora, and Baja California, we are undertaking a series of studies to better understand the arid land adaptations of "criollo" cattle and their potential effects on vegetation change. While the oldest breed in the United States, these cattle may again prove useful in shaping the future of the North American beef cattle industry.