Why the Boran?

The Rankin Group has witnessed over many years how things like over-feeding, over-management, greed and breeding pretty animals for shows has led to the downfall of many cattle breeds. There is disillusionment among commercial breeders of our stud animals and as such, a desperate search has begun for breeds that will meet the challenges of the world in the 21st century.

Consumers are generally scared of hormones and growth stimulants. Commercial farmers are desperate to lower their input costs and the price of feed has become unaffordable for annual use.

The Boran Breed Comes to the Rescue

Having been improved under the natural conditions of Africa the Boran breed offers the breeders of today exactly what they are looking for.

The society has vowed never to allow the Boran breed 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 cross-breeding:

  • European Bos Taurus - 24%
  • BosIndicus - 64%
  • African Bos Taurus - 12%

The Boran is the mothering cow of Africa:

  • Boran cattle cows have very good udders with well-formed teats.
  • They produce enough milk to wean calves that weigh more than 50% of dams weight at weaning.
  • Their good mothering instinct provides a deterrent against predators.
  • Boran cattle has an excellent survival rate among 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.

The Boran Breed’s Fertility:

It is acknowledged that the greatest attribute of the Boran is its fertility. Even under harsh conditions Boran cattle cows 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.

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 breed 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 indigenous breed against insects

‚ÄčTemperament

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.

Carcass Quality

Trials in Nebraska, U.S.A, show that the Boran breed and its crosses score consistently better than other Zebu Breeds for meat tenderness, carcass marbling and rib eye area.

The Herd instinct

  • The very strong herd instinct of the Boran breed makes it easy to manage in bush country.
  • It makes it almost impossible to steal a single animal out of a herd
  • Good converter 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 energy supplement
  • The Boran breed 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 outperform other breeds in hot humid climates.
  • Boran cattle also 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 summer.

Early Maturing

  • Boran heifers reach puberty at an average age of 385 days
  • Well adapted to environment and climate
  • Having sound legs with good walking ability allows the Boran breed to 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 outperform 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 summer