Carne de Bovino Cruzado dos Lameiros do Barroso PGI

Description: The Carne de Bovino Cruzado dos Lameiros do Barroso PGI beef is produced from a traditionally, extensively reared breed in the Terras do Barroso area, a well-watered region of woods and marshes.

Production method: The cattle graze on the natural vegetation round the marsh lands where grasses such as Festuca sp., Holcus mollis, Holcus lanatus, Nardus sp., Agrostis custisii, Bromus sp., and Trifolium repens, etc grow. In order to maintain the quality of the breed only cows of officially listed and registered native breeds are used for breeding that have already been used for this purpose and in similar conditions for three years.

Distinctive features: Terras do Barroso, situated as it is, in the Gerês da Cabreira Mountains, enjoys a very particular climate created by the temperate, humid Atlantic climate coming from the west and the continental climate of the east which has cold dry winters and very hot summers. These conditions influence the natural vegetation and, as this is the basic feed for the cattle, therefore also directly influence the high quality of Came de Bovino Cruzado dos Lameiros do Barroso PGI.

Production area: Came de Bovino Cruzado dos Lameiros do Barroso PGI is produced in the municipal areas of Montalegre, Boticas and Chaves, in the district of Vila Real.

History: The history of Came de Bovino Cruzado dos Lameiros do Barroso PGI is linked to the fact that cattle rearing has always played an important role for the inhabitants of the Trás-os-Montes mountain area where the predominant natural features are marshlands and woodland. Even though, since times immemorial, the animals bred have come from native species, at a certain point other non-native breeds were introduced to produce quicker growth. The system of communal grazing carried out in this area has remained unchanged, since the difficult nature of the terrain precludes other systems of cattle rearing or agriculture.

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Producer group
Coop. Agrícola dos Produtores de Batata para Semente de Montalegre, CRL

Publication in EU official journal
Regulamento (CEE) n.º 2081/92 do Conselho de 24.1.2002 - C 21/27
Regulamento (CE) n.º 2066/2002 da Comissão de 21 11.2002 - L 318/4