A cow named Viatina-19 FIV Mara Imóveis, belonging to the Nelore breed, has been sold for a record-breaking price of $4.3 million, making it the world’s most expensive cow. The sale took place at an auction in Arandú, Brazil. A one-third ownership share of the cow was sold for $1.44 million, contributing to its overall value. This extraordinary transaction highlights the exceptional genetic qualities of Nelore cattle.
Nelore cattle are easily recognized by their striking white fur, loose skin, and a noticeable hump on their shoulders. They are well-known for their ability to withstand hot weather due to their white fur, which helps reflect heat. Nelore cattle also have larger sweat glands compared to European breeds, which aids in temperature regulation. Their high metabolism and resistance to various parasites further contribute to their remarkable characteristics.
The Nelore breed is also notable for its reproductive capabilities. Female Nelore cattle have wider pelvic openings and larger birth canals, making the birthing process easier. As a result, calves from this breed usually require minimal human assistance during birth.