About The Breed
The myostatin gene in traditional breeds of cattle works to inhibit the overall muscle mass of the animal by reducing the frequency of fibers within each muscle. The Piedmontese breed is unique in having an inactive myostatin gene that produces a doublemuscled beef that’s rich in protein and nutrients. The natural genetic makeup of the breed is responsible for its unique predilection for developing extra muscle mass but very little fat.
Origins & Heritage
The original migration of Piedmontese cattle to the Piedmont region in northwest Italy is believed to have occurred about 25,000 years ago. By the 1870s, the unique double muscling characteristic was constant within the breed.
Over 100 years later, in the mid-1970s, a group of progressive ranchers imported the first Piedmontese cattle to North America over a five-year process. By the mid-1980s, additional imports increased the original five head of cattle to fifteen. Today, Piedmontese represents less than one percent of all cattle in North America.