as a pure breed since 1889, the Montbeliarde comes originally
from the Franche-Comte region, a mountain area located in
eastern France . For centuries, Montbeliarde breeders have
also been cheese makers. Therefore, they have selected through
times not only a very good dairy breed, producing high quality
milk, but also a breed of healthy, hardy cows, able to adapt
to a strong climate and to make the best of available feed.
Today, no less than 9 AOC cheeses quote the Montbeliarde breed
in their list of requirements (Comté, Morbier , Mont
d'Or, Bleu de Gex, Reblochon, Abondance, Tome des Bauges,
Bleu du Vercors Sassenage, Cantal). This confirms how much
the quality of Montbeliarde milk is desired for cheese making.
Beef production is not to be forgotten either. Consumers associations,
through "Que Choisir" magazine, awarded Montbeliarde meat
their best mark in a comparative test in november 2003. This
high quality was in any case already certified by such labels
as Montbeliarde Qualité and Filière Qualité
Carrefour (Carrefour Stores Quality Selection)..