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Farm Animal: Moose

BREED: Moose SPECIES: Alces alces COLOR/PATTERN: Light to dark brown HEIGHT: 4 to 7 feet WEIGHT: 441 to 1,800 pounds REGION OF ORIGIN: North America, Northern Europe, and Asia Gangly, doleful, and occasionally massive, the moose has long held a place in imaginations across the globe, evoking shadowy northern forests and lonesome swamps. As one […]

Farm Animal: Icelandic Sheep

Illustration by Erin Wallace BREED: Icelandic Sheep SPECIES: Ovis aries COLOR/PATTERN: White, brown, or gray wool; often patterned HEIGHT: 25 to 34 inches WEIGHT: 130 to 220 pounds REGION OF ORIGIN: Northern Europe Widely considered the oldest, purest sheep breed in the world, Icelandic sheep are prized for their hardiness, dual coat, and ability to […]

Farm Animal: Alpine Dairy Goat

With their spunky personalities and long lactation period, it’s no wonder these goats are beloved on both sides of the Atlantic.

Farm Animal: Pecora Sarda

With its high milk volume and adaptability, it’s no wonder why shepherds prefer the Pecora Sarda.

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Farm Animal: Montbéliarde Cow

Breed: Montbéliarde Species: Bos taurus Color/Pattern: red pied Height: 4 feet 10 inches* Weight: 1,400 pounds* Region of Origin: Bourgogne-Franche-Comté This Frenchie is the second-most-common dairy cow in its native land, and its fat- and protein-rich milk is used in more French PDO cheeses than any other breed—it’s one of the few types permitted when […]

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10 Pictures of Baby Goats to Get You Ready for Spring

The sun is shining, the snow is melting, and the bees are buzzing. That’s right, spring is finally upon us! Here at culture there is so much we look forward to about this time of year: chilled rosé, warmer weather, and, of course, fresh goat cheese! And while we like to kid around all year […]

Water Buffalo, the Bovine Behind Italy’s Most Famous Mozzarella

Although the water buffalo (also known as the Asian buffalo) originated in Southeast Asia, it has made a name for itself in regard to Italian cheese. How, exactly, the animals got to Europe is unclear, but they’ve roamed Italy since at least the 15th century. Today, the population is sizable enough to allow large-scale production […]

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A Rare Herd: Milking Shorthorn Cattle

The popularity of Milking Shorthorn cattle has surged over centuries— in part because the breed is dual purpose: Once its milking years are over, it can be slaughtered for quality meat.