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
(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
European Bos Taurus -
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
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.
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.
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
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
Boran cattle are recognized as being generally, quiet,
docile and easy to handle. This trait has developed over
generations of cattle living close to man.
Trials in Nebraska, U.S.A, show that the Boran and its
crosses score consistently better than other Zebu Breeds
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
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
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
Boran heifers reach
puberty at an average age of 385 days.