2. The Boran is the mothering cow of Africa
The Boran cows have very good udders with well-formed teats and she produces enough milk to wean calves that weigh more than 50% of dams weight at weaning. Their good mothering instinct provides a deterrent against predators. This trait also generates an excellent survival rate of the calves. She produces small calves at birth, male calves average 28 kg and female calves average 25kg. Calving problems hardly exist.
It is quite normal for a 15-year-old cow to be sound mouthed and 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 again.
5. 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. This together with thick eye banks with very long eyelashes and a long tail with a big well-formed twitch all protect this indigenousness breed against insects.
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.
7. Carcass Quality
Trials in Nebraska, U.S.A, shows that the Boran and its crosses score consistently better than other Zebu Breeds for meat tenderness, carcass marbling and rib eye area.
8. Herd instinct
The herd instinct of the Boran makes it easy to manage in bush country. The strong herd instinct makes it almost impossible to steel a single animal out of a herd, thus making an attempt to steel them a very difficult task.
9. Good converter of roughage into good quality beef.
The Boran is a breed that is successfully fattened of the veld 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.
10. Early Maturing
Boran heifers reach puberty at an average age of 385 days.
Disadvantages of Boran Breed
In conclusion, what may seem like disadvantages of Boran cattle can be reframed as advantages, depending on the goals and strategies of farmers and breeders. Their unique characteristics make them a valuable asset in diverse agricultural contexts... READ MORE