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Post by Dragon Wed Jan 19, 2022 3:44 am

Once a rarity, cows with light blue or dark ultramarine hides may again be glimpsed grazing on the Latvian countryside among the regular brown, black or white spotted cattle.

In 2000 there were only 18 blue cows in Latvia, but today they number around 1,500—thoroughbreds as well as hybrids.

Originally found only on the Baltic coast in the Kurzeme region, they are increasingly popular in central areas too.


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Driven to near extinction during the Soviet era, the Latvian blue cow has made a comeback over the last few decades.

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Under the Soviets, emphasis was placed on mass production of beef and dairy, favouring more generic cattle and causing the blue cow to almost go extinct.

Blue cows evolved on the coast, where they led a spartan lifestyle, able to subsist on bush branches and dune grass—fodder considered inedible by other cattle.

Legend has it that they get their colour from the sea, though in fact they are born almost beige.

Their coat soon turns blue however and gets darker with the years.


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Some people say that color of their skin (and also -- the incredible amount of milk) comes from sea water they drink for generations and that's why they (cows) are called "Sea-cows".


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