The Tarentaise cattle breed developed in the mountainous region of Savoie, France, where other cattle can barely survive; even in these harsh conditions, Tarentaise thrive, producing strong and capable herds.

In France, the Tarentaise are used exclusively for dairy purposes, while elsewhere, their powerful muscles (from navigating the steep, rocky slopes of their environment) and well-marbled meat make them a popular beef brand.

The temperatures in the region fluctuate between just below freezing to nearly 90 degrees farenheit, and the Tarentaise have little difficulty adapting their movement patterns and eating habits accordingly. They are occasionally cross-bred, but pure strains are also popular.

This node is part of Tem42's list of cattle breeds, entitled, simply, cattle.

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