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Breeds of Livestock - Boran Cattle

Breeds of Livestock - Boran Cattle


boran-web-2.jpgKenyan ranchers developed the Boran from the cattle of the Borana people of southern Ethiopia. The breed was found in southern Ethiopia, northern Kenya and southwestern Somalia. The Boran belongs to the East African Shorthorned Zebu type and is raised primarily for meat production.

The Boran is a medium-size Bos indicus breed that shows high resistance to heat, ticks, and eye diseases. It can endure scarcity of water and can live on low quality feed.

Borans are highly fertile and mature earlier than most other Bos indicus breeds, and are noted for their docility.

They are usually white or gr

ey but are also found in red or pied. Bulls often displaying black points.

They were imported to Australia in 1990.

For additional information contact the Boran Association of Australia, Secretary , Carmel Coombe
P.O.Box 18, Jambin Qld 4702, Phone.: 0749985245, Fax : 0749965362
E-mail :


Handbook of Australian Livestock, Australian Meat & Livestock Corporation,1989, 3rd Edition

Mason, I.L. 1996. A World Dictionary of Livestock Breeds, Types and Varieties. Fourth Edition. C.A.B International. 273 pp.


Dr. Alberto Zorloni, Ethiopia

Anton Lombard, South Africa.


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