Scientists believe the Piedmontese breed is a cross between the Zebu and Auroch cattle, which morphed over a period of 25,000 years, in the renowned Piedmont region of northwestern Italy. By the 1870s, a unique double muscling (DM) characteristic was constant within the Piedmontese breed. The term (DM) describes the breed's unusual ability for developing extra muscle mass but very little fat. The result is an efficient source of lean meat that, in spite of the absence of the fatty marbling, remains tender and juicy.
Introduction to the US
In the mid-1970s, a few progressive ranchers imported the first 5 Piedmontese breeding stock into Canada. A few yeas later, 10 more were imported, In the mid- 1980s the breed was introduced into the United States. The first Piedmontese registry in the United States was formed in 1984. Today, Piedmontese cattle represents less than 1 percent of all cattle in North America. It is estimated that there are only 4,000 or so registered Fullblood and Purebred Piedmontese cattle in the US, making them a truly rare breed.