Cika cattle is traditionally bred domestic cattle in Slovenia, which used to be very popular in Gorenjska and Tolmin area.
Cika cattle was created with mating native Celtic cattle with breeds Pinzgauer and Bela bulls in second half of 19th century.
They created two types of Cika cattle:
– Tolmin Cika cattle, which is of lower growth and therefore more appropriate for grazing on slopes,
– Gorenjska Cika cattle, which is of higher growth and therefore more appropriate for plain lands.
Color of Cika cattle breed is red with typical white patches. Those patches start at the withers, line across back to whole tail, then down the thighs, belly and chests and continue across the shin until they merge under the neck. Patches should not be reaching over the back bone and line between red and white color should be jagged. Animals are processing food well and have, regarding their weight, very high milk yield.
In year 2002, the newly-formed association for preservation of Cika cattle in Slovenia, started with breeding programme, with main goal to restore the breed.