A very inbred type of dairy cow caught my attention last week. It is the Menorquina  of the Balearic Islands, hypothesized to have been most plausibly introduced by Bell Beakers (William H. Waldren?) and apparently having a fairly isolated history. The milk is used mostly for Mahon cheese, and how could I resist not putting this out there [here] for a little gastro-archaeology.
Previously, I've directed attention towards several hypotheses from archaeo-zoologists and taxonomists that the short-headed cow* (more often a dairy cow) entered Western Europe from North Africa via Southern Spain about the time of the Bell Beakers. The Beakers are also coincidentally the people likely responsible for the frequency of lactase persistence genetics in Western Europe.
There is no empirical proof just yet, but the Balearic Islands seem to provide an interesting test case scenario given the unique history of settlement and activity on the islands. The islands offer possibly the longest continuously Beaker cultural areas in Europe and possibly one of the more severely impacted.
"Guia de Campo de las Razas Autoctonas Espanolas" [Link to Page 104]
* The naming conventions, taxonomy and genetics is a jungle. For the purpose of this page, I'll rely on what has generally been understood as a sub-species of bos taurus with a certain set of racial characteristics. Also, the majority of dairy cattle, at least in the U.S., are not shorthorns (as oppossed to the shorthorn which is not a shorthorn, or otherwise the shorthead (not the sometimes distinct shorthead subclassification of shorthorns, the shorthorn or shorthead (variously) also being known as the longface (longifrons, as called in the U.S., as opposed to bos brachyceros in continental Europe, which is also a Nubian water buffalo. brachyceros/longifrons. Trust!