Strength and durability
Veal leather skin has many properties making it a superior material for upholstery, clothing, hats, handbags, belts and footwear. It is thicker and stronger and less prone to breakage than other animal skin types, including horsehair, goat skin and lamb skin. Cowhide clothing is flexible, breathable and ductile, while adapting to the shape of the body that uses it. Cowhide leather looks well dyed or natural. It is durable, ages well and lasts up to five times longer than fabrics. Its properties of hardness and resistance to rupture and perforation are the reasons why motorcyclists use it. It naturally repels moisture, retains its shape and resists damage from the sun and heat, making it ideal for the outdoors. The best cow hide is the part of the front spine, behind the head of the cow up to a third going down. This cut has the best flower and texture of all leather.
The skins that are most interested in their volume of work are vaccines, both green and preserved. The tanner, as he receives the hides in his establishment, selects the well-shaped and thickest
possible on the whole surface, seeking that the differences in thickness in the various parts are minimal. Poorly shaped or poorly proportioned skins with appreciable thickness differences cause
problems in tanning absorption; By this defect the operations of tanning will be arduous and the leather is of regular quality. The hides of cows and heifers, are made up of a fibrous and elastic
fabric and once industrialized, give a fine cut and grain, with good characteristics to be used in fine garments.
On the other hand, leathers of young bulls, novillitos and young bulls are of thicker than the one of the females and the constitutive fabric is less elastic, with a cut and grain less thin but also of good quality.
The cattle whose exploitation is in the field, always have better skins than those raised in a stable. In our region, due to its good grassland and appropriate climate, cattle are raised in freedom, and only male and female reproducers are kept in stalls.
However in the European countries, the breeding is intensive and the animals spend several months in sheds, fed with balanced rations.
Feeding is important in the quality of the leather since the animals whose diets are destined to create greater muscle mass and abundant fat, produce unfavorable skins and the hides are never the best.
On the other hand, cattle that do not receive a rational diet, which are subjected to excessive work, give poorly shaped skins and of little value. Both lambskin and calfskin are considered high-priced materials and products and the products derived from them are usually luxury items. Calfskin and lambskin are used to make leather clothing, luxury furniture and shoes