Montbéliarde History

The Montbéliarde originates from the Haute SaÔne-Doubs region of France, they are descendants of the Bernoise breed and were previously called the Alsatian breed .

The cattle breed is renowned for its milk traditionally used to produce Emmental and Gruyère cheese.

Montbéliarde Characteristics

This dairy breed is of similar colour to the red and white Holstein. They have a white head and light muzzle. They are renowned for having strong udders and tough feet. Cows are around 135 – 140 cm to the withers and around 685 kg, the bulls are around 148cm and 1,100 – 1,200 kg.


  • Breeding Qualities
  • Fertility
  • Mastitis Resistance (very low cell counts)
  • Longevity
  • Calving ease
  • Their milk is of excellent cheese making quality (Gruyere) because of its high protein content & high frequency of Kappa Casein B variants.

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