Please note, your browser is out of date.
For a good browsing experience we recommend using the latest version of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera or Internet Explorer.

The Herdade do Azinhal is a free range, environmentally friendly, cow-calf operation.

There are two main herds of native Portuguese breeds: A bigger herd of 300 mature Alentejano cows, and a smaller herd of 30 Mertolenga cows.

The Alentejano herd is subdivided into smaller herds of 50 cows according to age groups. Breeding season is short, 60 days, from April to June.

First calf heifers, around two years old, are bred to a pure Alentejano bull. The calves are de-horned within the first month and the females are kept on the farm for replacement of the culled older cows. The de-horning of the cows, initiated 8 years ago, has increased the welfare of the cows, with fewer injuries when they are mustered and the safety of those handling them.

The remaining Alentejano herds are bred to Charolais and Limousine bulls.

Male calves are weaned at 6 months and sold at 8 months.

The Mertolenga herd is run as a pure bred herd and some females are kept as replacement cows and the rest are sold at 8/12 months.