Saving the Sturdy Little Cow That Fed Israel's Founders

Government researchers are buying up and breeding Israel’s endangered Baladi cows, which used to be the go-to source of beef here and may still have an economic role to play.

About a year ago, researcher Ariel Shabtay and his colleagues located 10 Baladi cows in the town of Ghajar, on the Lebanese border. They quickly bought the cows and brought them to the state-run Agricultural Research Organization’s research center in Neweh Ya’ar, where Shabtay heads the cattle research unit.