About Us -Origin of the Boran Cattle Breeders Society
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Strains of the East African Shorthorned Zebu originating in Ethiopia were common in Kenya by the 15th century.
Early in 20th century cattlemen in the Laikipia, Rift Valley and Machakos Districts of Kenya adopted and improved the local Zebu for commercial ranching.
The merits of the breed were soon recognised and the cattle breeders united to form the Boran Cattle Breeders Society in 1951.
By the year 2001 the Society had sixty-four paid up members with more than one thousand three hundred new registrations in the Kenya Stud Book during 1999-2000 alone
Society - Breed Standards
The Society’s Executive Committee sets and maintains standards, which are applied by a panel of inspectors. Only after inspection and approval can a Boran be registered in the Kenya Stud Book. Inspectors will reject any animal showing a constitutional defect such as excessively pendulous sheaths, lack of pigment, faulty feet and legs, wildness and abnormalities of any description.
In promoting standards, the BCBS provides judges for international shows. It circulates inquiries and information to its members. Borans registered in the Kenya Stud Book are eligible (under Society rules) for live exports and as parent stock for embryo and semen sales. The Society handles export protocol and holds an annual Breed Show & Sale in Nairobi where the top bulls are on offer.
Objectives of Boran Cattle Breeders Society
The BCBS was the first breed society in East Africa to create guidelines for improving indigenous cattle. In so doing, it established a strain of the East African Shorthorned Zebu as a recognised breed - the Boran.
An important objective of the BCBS is to retain the efficiency and adaptation of the breed to harsh conditions. Hardiness and fertility in the Boran have made it the premier breed for crossbreeding and rangeland beef production in Kenya. The Society guards against losing these qualities and through its panel of inspectors, it maintains the Boran’s standard of excellence.