The Wild Auroch has been said to be the predecessor of our present-day cattle, it lived in the Netherlands for thousands of years. Remains of bones recently retrieved from a horn core found in Friesland, Netherlands, show that the Aurochs lived around AD 600. The last Aurochs died in Poland in 1627.
The Aurochs was larger than common cattle we know today. Aurochs bulls measuring between 5-6 feet at the withers, and could have weighed up to 3000 lbs. They had a wide sweep of horns similar to long-horned Texas cattle. Hunters and the first Dutch farmers hunted the Aurochs. The species eventually disapeared in the Netherlands, not only because it was hunted, but also because more and more land was being used for agriculture and the human population was increasing.
Aurochs bones dating back to Roman times have previously been found at various sites in the Dutch river regions. They have also been unearthed a complete skeleton of an Aurochs that dates back to AD 257.
Through selective breeding (in reverse), the Auroch lives: In the 1920s two German zoo directors in Berlin and Munich, two brothers Heinz and Lutz Heck began a selective breeding program in the attempt to breed back the Aurochs into existence from the domestic cattle that were their descendants. Their plan was based on the concept that a species is not extinct as long as all its genes are still present in a living population. The result is a breed called "Heck Cattle", "Recreated Aurochs", or "Heck Aurochs", which bears as much resemblance to colouration, conformation, and disposition to what is known about the appearance of the Wild Aurochs.
We have access to a small breeding herd of "Heck Cattle" in British Columbia, and they are following a very strict breeding program as well to maintain the appearance and integrity of the Auroch. Our Auroch are Red or Black in color and their meat quality is exceptional. All our animals are grass fed and free of any antibiotics and growth hormones. Auroch hunting is challenging and the bulls display the same disposition as Bison or Yak, unpredictable and dangerous. All our Trophy Bulls weight in at over a ton and have exceptional horns. Large calibre firearms are recommended. This is probably the ONLY opportunity anywhere to hunt this species!
Please call us if interested, as we only have a few trophy bulls available each year, price varies depending on trophy quality.
Auroch Trophy $3,000 - $5,000