Boskarin, Istrian cattle, is an Istrian autochthonous
breed inhabiting the Slovenian and Croatian Istria and also the Croatian Kvarner islands.
cattle is foremost a working breed, used by the Istrian farmers for work in the
field. Strong Boskarin oxes were famous for pulling carts with heavy loads on
rugged terrain while enduring long distances.
Due to ever rising
development and use of agricultural machinery, Boskarinhas come to the brink of extinction. From approx. 50 000 head in
the 1950-1960 period, Istrian cattle number dropped to approx. 100 head in
because of tight emotional bond between the Istrians and their cattle, the
breed was rescued from extinction. Istrian cattle now have also a tourist
significance like in the Skocjanski zatok Nature Reserve by Koper in Slovenian
Istria (Check photos below).
Boskarin cattle munching green leaves of reeds in Skocjanski zatok Nature Reserve by Koper, Slovenia.
Boskarin cattle males can weigh 1200-1400 kg. Here is one such magnificent animal photographed at Skocjanski zatok Nature Reserve by Koper, Slovenia.