We just returned from Europe a couple of weeks ago and spent some time in Germany. We were in Bavaria and it was absolutely beautiful. Besides all the breathtaking views, there were tons of cows. Everywhere we went we saw herds of them. What caught my attention was that they were brown and white. We are more use to the black and white ones here in the US. I couldn’t help but take a bunch of pictures to remind myself to determine which breed of cows we saw.
After a little research it appears that they are German Fleckvieh (Simmental) cows. Apparently they are a breed of dual-purpose cattle suitable for both milk and meat production. They originated in Central Europe in the 19th century from cross-breeding of local stock with Simmental cattle imported from Switzerland. Today, the worldwide population is 41 million animals.