Ancient Breed Makes Great Homestead Cow

Saler cows are a fairly rare, ancient breed that is strong, lives long and is a great calf milk-producer.
By the MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors
June/July 2001
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Saler cows are known for their rich mahogany color.
Photo courtesy NETTLES BROTHERS RANCH


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Where can I buy Saler cows and at what price?
 — James, Prairie Home, Missouri

The Saler (sah-lehr) is an ancient breed, originally from the mountains of France. A distinctive mahogany color, this breed is hardy as an anvil, births easily and is one of the best calf milk-producers of any breed. They all thrive on almost any type of graze and will outlive most cows by several years. In short, Salers are a great homestead cow. They're rare however, so there is no auction market for them and you are on your own, pricewise.
For sturdy, low-maintenance Salers, try:

Glen Osprey Farm








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