Standard of Excellence

General Appearance
The Boran is of medium frame size with sound muscling and mass for age.  The various body parts are in perfect balance with each other.  The breed reflects considerable sex dimorphism, with bulls much larger than cows that are smaller and of a more feminine appearance.  Both sexes display typical Boran characteristics (hump, capacity.  skin, muscling, head, muzzle, condition,  tail, dewlap, etc..

Head
Compact and wide between the eyes with prominent brows.  Ears are relatively small with short hair.  The mouth is wide with strongly defined jaw and strong lips.  The eyes, ears, muzzle and nose are well pigmented.  The head is well muscled and viewed from the side it would appear somewhat convex due to the muscling above the eyes but the nose area is dry. 

Neck
Deep and relatively compact, well joined at the front and back.  Bulls have strong, broad and well-muscled necks, dark in colour and well joined to the shoulders and head.  The prominent dewlap covers the deep and full chest at the front which should not  slope downwards.

Shoulders
Deep, wide, well muscled and well joined.  (Fertile cows display rather loose shoulders)

Hump
Placed directly above and in line with the front legs, rounded, well developed and forming part of the body.

Back and Loins
Long, broad, straight, strong and well muscled

Chest and Mid Piece
Wide and deep.  Well filled out behind shoulders and elbow.  Ribs should be well sprung placed at an angle towards the rear and viewed from behind should not appear rounded or flat sided.  The stomach should display enormous capacity (length, width and depth) and viewed from the side, the mid section should appear square with deep flanks.

Sheath
Not too large and pendulous, hanging at an angle towards the front and ending in a V-shape, no too fleshy, sphincter with good control. A well developed perpetual muscle to be visible

Rump
Long and wide from hip to pin bones.  Should not be roofy and should slope approximately 22.5 degrees from hip to pin bones.  Pelvic ridge should not be too prominent and the whole of the rump should be well muscled.  Thurls to be placed lower than pin pones.

Tail
Long prominent sacrum with broad tail head placed somewhat higher than pinbones Non-prominent tail head somewhat higher than pin bones.  Tail is long tapering to a narrow tip ending in a large, well pigmented and thick switch.

Thighs
Seen from the side and the rear it should be broad and full sloping towards 2nd thigh.  The widest part on the hindquarter is at the stifle joint.

Hind legs
Widely placed, strong and at a good angle (not too straight or sickle hocked) and neither too fine or too coarse.   A leg of medium length should be in balance with the rest of the body.

Pastern and Hooves
Pasterns not too straight or too weak.   Hooves straight, symmetrical, straight on the inside, with hooves short, deep and well pigmented and placed right next to each other.   Even mass distribution should be evident and front legs should be straight with no swelling on hoof crown.

Skin and Hair
Thick, loose and elastic preferably well pigmented without undue folds and with a glossy, oil rich coat

Udder and Genitals
Well-developed udder with well pigmented teats of medium size.  Well developed and pigmented vulva.  The scrotum to be large with a narrow neck and not much lower than the hock.  Even sized testicles with the scrotum being soft and smooth with short hair, not twisted and well pigmented especially at the tip.

Movement
The Boran moves with ease and  vigour with legs and feet remaining parallel and not turning in or out.

Temperament
The Boran is calm, easy to handle and even tempered.

 
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