Chianina (pronounced Kee-a-nee-na) is one of the oldest breeds of cattle in the world. They originated in Central Italy over 2000 years ago. The name originated in Central Italy in the province of Tuscany. The Chiana Valley, where grapes and the famous Chianti wines come from, is the home of Fullblood Chianina cattle. Chianina were initially introduced into the United States in 1971, when the first Chianina semen was imported. The first Chianina born in the U.S. was a black half-blood Chianina X Angus/Holstein bull calf born on January 31, 1972. Beginning in 1975, Italian Fullblood Chianina were exported from Canada into this country.