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Breeds of Livestock - Barka Cattle

Breeds of Livestock - Barka Cattle


barka-web-1.jpgAlso Known As: Begait

The Barka come from the area of western Eritrea in Ethiopia and belong to the North Sudan Zebu group. They are one of the four major breeds found in Ethiopia. Used primarily for milk and meat production, the breed is usually white with black spots or splashes. Occasionally red or colorsided individuals will be seen. The breed is usually horned although polled individuals are occasionally seen.


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


R. E. McDowell, Professor Emeritus of International Animal Science, Cornell University, and provided by Paul O. Brackelsberg, Professor of Animal Science, Iowa State University



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