Istoben Cattle

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Istoben Cattle


a breed of dairy cattle, first produced in the 19th century in Istoben Volost (small rural district), Viata Province, through many years of selective breeding of native cattle and improving them with Kholmogory, Shvitz, Iaroslavl’, and Dutch breeds.

Istoben cattle are a well-defined dairy type. The coat can be black, motley black, red, or motley red, often with a white dorsal stripe. Cows weigh 420–450 kg, bulls 650–720 kg. The milk yield is 2, 400–3,000 kg (record yield, 8,366 kg). The many years of selective breeding have produced a valuable quality—a high fat content in the milk, which ranges from 4.1–4.2 to 5 percent. Istoben cattle are raised in Kirov Oblast, RSFSR.


Pershina, Z.N. Istobenskii skot. Kirov, 1958.
Skotovodstvo: Krupnyi rogatyi skot, vol. 1. Moscow, 1961.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
Mentioned in ?