Montbéliarde Association
Organisme de Sélection de la Race Montbéliarde
Montbéliarde Association
A parliament, a breeders'association, a source of references


Its history goes back to the XVIIIth century when farmers from the Bernese Oberland (Switzerland) came to settle in the area of Montbeliard bringing their cattle along, which thanks to a methodical selection, quickly obtained a certain fame. The official recognition of the Montbeliarde breed took place in 1889 during the universal exhibition in Paris.

Nowadays, the Montbeliarde breed constitutes 95% of the dairy strength of Franche-Comté. Born from a dairy tradition, this dairy cow with a high potential is also firmly implanted in the whole East, South-East and Center of France, with even important cores in the South-West and West. It is exported all over the world and as such represents one of the jewels of the French breeding industry.

The key dates

18ème siècle 1872 1889 1901 1910 1914 1937 1952 1958 1970 2013

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Arrival of the Mennonites in Franche-Comté with the Berne breed

First exposition with animals named "Montbéliarde"

Official recognition and herdbook creation

Creation of breeding associations that drive race

First exports in Algeria

First milk production control in Doubs area

First successful inseminations in Doubs area

Beginning of bulls testing

Montbéliarde breed is recognized as the breed for AOP Comté

Development of the breed in the big dairy region of the west of France

13000 animals and 700000 straws sold every year all around the world

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To know more about the history of the breed, get hold of the book « Voyage au pays des Montbéliardes » (Journey to the Montbeliarde’s country )