The Chianina breed is among the oldest in the world, it owes its name to the Val di Chiana, a region in Central Italy (Tuscany and Umbria ).
It is a very large breed of cattle, more than 190 cm at the withers in males with a weight of up to 1,700 kg, while in females it exceeds 155 cm at the withers and reaches weights of 1,100 kg.
It was considered dual-purpose animal (work and meat), however today it is primarily used for its meat and the selection process is geared towards its early development and greater efficiency of the finest cuts of meat (especially the back-lumbar region, from which we obtain the famous Florentine steaks ).
Chianina meat is lean with light marbling.
This breed, along with Podolica, Maremmana, Marchigiana and Chianina is protected by the "5R" mark a quality brand managed by the Beef Consortium producers of fine Italian races.