Online dating for bulls puts the ‘moo’ in amour

By Karine Albertazzi ,AFP

SAINT-PRIX, France — Described as blond, muscular and from a good family, Bariton’s online profile has caught the eye of Sylvain Frobert, who is thinking of hooking him up with Anita, or Henriette.

He could also be a good match for Desiree. Or maybe even all three? But Frobert is not a matchmaker in the traditional sense. He is a farmer in Saint-Prix in the center of France raising 160 Charolais cows for meat. And he needs just the right genetic material to boost his herd. Like many desperately seeking the right partner, the 33-year-old has turned to the Internet, where the website (��find the right bull�� in English) has hundreds of profiles of potential mates. Farmers like Frobert can log onto what looks very much like a traditional online dating website, to admire the muscular curves of hundred of bulls, as well as an extensive family tree to determine their all-important breeding.

��Matches for demanding cows!�� proclaims the site, in a play on a catchphrase used by several popular local dating sites which advertise themselves as being for ��demanding singles.�� The website was launched in France in October by a group of breeding associations during the country’s Farming Summit. Breeders can input details about their cow such as her age and race, as well as what characteristics they are looking to improve in their herd: milk, growth, muscular development or calving prowess. Once this is done, dozens of profile pictures appear on the screen, and the hardest part is deciding from among the beefy bevy of French-bred bulls.