Why the Boran

We have witnessed over many years how over feeding, over management, greed and shows (a desire just to breed pretty animals) has led to the downfall of many cattle breeds. There is disillusionment of the commercial breeder in our stud animals and a desperate search began for breeds that will meet the challenges of world in the 21st Century.

Consumers are scared of hormones and growth stimulants. Commercial farmers are desperate to lower their in put costs and the price of feed has became unaffordable for annual use.

“TO THE RESCUE WE BELIEVE HAS COME THE BORAN BREED. A TRUE GIFT FROM GOD TO CATTLE MEN!”

(The ideal breed for GRASS FED BEEF)

Having been improved under the natural conditions of Africa the Boran offers today breeders exactly what they are looking for.

The society has vowed never to allow the Boran to be shipwrecked like so many other breeds by breeders with short term interests of greed but that they will protect at all cost the wonderful attributes of the Boran Breed we received as a gift. They will further improve the Boran traits but never change the gifts they were given.

The genetic composition of the Boran is unique, making it your best choice for cross breeding:

   European Bos Taurus - 24%
   BosIndicus - 64%
   African Bos Taurus - 12%

The Boran is the mothering cow of Africa:
   Boran cows have very good udders with well-formed teats.
   They produce enough milk to wean calves that weigh more than 50% of dams weight at weaning.
   Their good mothering instinct provides a deterrent against predators.
   Borans have an excellent survival rate of calves.
   Cows produce small calves at birth, male calves average 28kg and female calves average 25kg. Calving problems
     hardly exist.

   Boran cows have very good udders with well-formed teats.
   They produce enough milk to wean calves that weigh more than 50% of dams weight at weaning.
   Their good mothering instinct provides a deterrent against predators.
   Borans have an excellent survival rate of calves.

   Cows produce small calves at birth, male calves average 28kg and female calves average 25kg. Calving problems hardly exist

Longevity:
   It is quite normal for a 15-year –old cow to be sound mouthed healthy and fertile.
   It is also on record that a 16 year old Boran bull is still producing high quality semen for artificial insemination.

Fertility:
   It is acknowledged that the greatest attribute of the Boran is its fertility.
   Even under harsh conditions the Boran cow will continue to breed and rear calves and do this without punishing herself.
   One explanation for this high fertility is that the cow has relatively low body weight loss over the suckling period, thereby maintaining a good condition, thus able
     to conceive again.

Disease Resistance:
   A loose but very motile skin with a very short covering of hair and a high secretion of an oily substance makes the Boran a less desirable host for ticks and flies.
   Thick eye banks with very long eyelashes and a long tail with a big well-formed twitch all protect this indigenousness breed against insects.

Temperament:
   Boran cattle are recognized as being generally, quiet, docile and easy to handle. This trait has
     developed over many generations of cattle living close to man.

Carcass Quality:
   Trials in Nebraska, U.S.A, show that the Boran and its crosses score consistently better than other
     Zebu Breeds for meat tenderness, carcass marbling and rib eye area.

The Herd instinct:
   The very strong herd instinct of the Boran makes it easy to manage in bush country.
   It makes it almost impossible to steel a single animal out of a herd

Good converter of roughage into good quality beef:
   The unique tremendous rumen capacity of the Boran as can be seen in its exceptional depth of body allows the breed to be successfully fattened of the veldt with
     no energy supplement

   The Boran is also a good browser and under difficult circumstances it has the ability to stay in a good condition.
   Well adapted to environment and climate
   Having sound legs with good walking ability allows the Boran cover great distances in search of food and water
   Being a good grazer and browser allows the Boran to make use of all vegetation at its disposal.
   Its short shiny summer coat and its excellent heat tolerance allow it to out perform other breeds in hot humid climates.
   It also however has the unique ability to withstand extremely cold and wet conditions as during winter it is protected by an excessively thick loose skin and a
     covering of very dense oily hair that is shed with the commencement of summer.

Early Maturing:
   Boran heifers reach puberty at an average age of 385 days.
   Well adapted to environment and climate:
   Having sound legs with good walking ability allows the Boran cover great distances in search of food and water
   Being a good grazer and browser allows the Boran to make use of all vegetation at its disposal.
   Its short shiny summer coat and its excellent heat tolerance allow it to out perform other breeds in hot humid climates.
   It also however has the unique ability to withstand extremely cold and wet conditions as during winter it is protected by an excessively thick loose skin and a
     covering of very dense oily hair that is shed with the commencement of summer.

 
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