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A Greek Steppe cow.The Greek Steppe breed has the characteristics of Bos Taurus Primigenius. There are very few “purebred” animal of the Greek Steppe cow, which is reared under extensive husbandry condition in the regions of northern Greece particularly Katerini and Chalkidiki (Sykia type breed). The Greek Steppe is of the Grey Steppe type.


The height of the bulls is 1.15-1.25 m and that of cows 1.10-1.15 m, respectively. The head is rather long and the horn have the characteristic shape of lyre. The color of the body is variant grey, silver-grey or and grey-black. The body weight of bulls is around 300 kg and that of cows around 250 kg.




Mason, I.L. 1996. A World Dictionary of Livestock Breeds, Types and Varieties. Fourth Edition. C.A.B International. 273 pp.


Dr Georgios Arsenos, Lecturer in Animal Science, School of Veterinary Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, P.O. Box 393, 54-124 Thessaloniki, Greece

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