Maine-Anjou originated in the northwestern part of France. The Maine-Anjou name comes from the Maine and Anjou river valleys.
The Maine-Anjou is one of the largest breeds developed in France, with mature bulls weighing from 2200 to 2700 pounds on the average. Mature cows will range from 1500 to 1900 pounds. The coloring is a very dark red with white markings on the head, belly, rear legs and tail. Black and roan are also seen. White on other parts of the body is also common. The first Maine-Anjou imported into North America came to Canada in 1969. These cattle were then introduced to the United States through artificial insemination. The Maine-Anjou Society Inc. was incorporated in Nebraska in 1969.
Maine-Anjou are often used as a terminal cross and club calf sire. The females have a good disposition, growth rate and excellent frame.