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The Canadienne Cow, Slow Food Ark of Taste

The Canadienne is the only breed of dairy cow native to North America, developed in French Canada during the 16th to 17th century from breeds imported from Normandy and Brittany. It was bred for hardiness in the rugged Canadian climate, becoming so well adapted that it did not require expensive imported feed or intensive management. In 1850, there were at least 300,000 Canadienne cows in Canada but numbers began to dwindle due to Canadian government policies and the contemporary dairy industry, which favours dairy cows that produce milk in large volumes.

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