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Breeds of Livestock - Tswana Cattle

Breeds of Livestock - Tswana Cattle


tswana.jpgAlso Known As: Bechuana, Sechuana, Setswana

The Tswana are of the Sanga cattle type, similar to the Tuli and Barotse. These cattle were brought into the area by the Tswana people who settled in the Ngami region of Botswana early in the 19th century. The Tswana cattle eventually displaced practically all of the cattle native to the region.

Tswana cattle are generally red pied, black or black pied with long horns. In composition they are a well built breed showing good fleshing with moderately long legs. Mature females weight approximately 360 kg (800 pounds) and males 480 kg (1100 pounds).


Genus Bos: Cattle Breeds of the World, 1985, MSO-AGVET (Merck & Co., Inc.), Rahway, N.J.

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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