Boran Bull - Characteristics
The BCBS encourages the creativeness of its members to compete in a changing market environment. However, some definite breed characteristics are encouraged and desirable, particularly in the case of
the Boran bull, such as: -
HEAD: Short and wide with a broad muzzle. Prominent, protective eyebrows. Small ears and not
pendulous (unlike some Asian breeds). A proportion of the breed is naturally polled.
DEWLAP: Well developed with plenty of loose skin.
NECK: Short, strong, deep and muscular.
SHOULDERS: Deep and full, broad brisket with shoulders well laid on the ribs which are well sprung.
Good depth at the girth, resulting in good capacity
HUMP: Prominent and well developed. Located directly over the withers
BACK: Broad, strong and straight. Characteristically the Boran has a low tail setting.
HINDQUARTERS: Broad and full continuing well down the second thigh and with good length from tail head to scrotum.
HIPS: Wide and well fleshed between the pin bones and the root of the tail.
LEGS: Medium length, strong and set square. Strong bone, but not coarse.
SCROTUM / SHEATH: Testes mature early and are well developed, whilst the sheath has firm skin and good muscle control, protecting the prepuce from shrubs, thorns and rough pasture.
SKIN COLOUR AND HAIR: Loose, thick and extremely pliable skin for added insect repellence and a dark pigment with fine short hair for heat tolerance. Hair colour - not brindle or black
Robert B. Tate, Brahman Breeder, San Antonio, Texas :
"The prize winning 'get' was outstanding and probably one of the very best "gets" I have seen in any other country. The top animals in the Boran classes I think are outstanding individuals. Since the Boran breed is hardy, already acclimatised to this area, and with excellent fleshing qualities, as borne out in results of carcass contents, they should remain the outstanding breed of this area. Borans should lead the way in class breeding which is becoming very popular in all countries in order to obtain this breed vigour or more weight for age and earlier maturity which will bring more money to the producer"
John Yelland, Hereford Breeder, Australia :
"In selecting both Borans as Supreme Champion and Reserve we felt that they were showing more muscle development than other breed champions"
P. W. Smith, Senior Boran Society Inspector, January 1999 :
"The Boran cow is God's gift to cattlemen"
Douglas Ralfe, Boran Judge, Natal, South Africa :
"The drought being experienced in Africa made clear which type I had to choose in the show ring. The hundreds of cattle we saw were very good, with a high percentage I can only describe as excellent. Africa has always had severe droughts from time to time and it was remarkable to see cows in fair condition with very well nourished calves, in extremely hard and dry conditions, despite being kraaled every night, which is most taxing"
Bernard Irungu, Daily Nation, 3rd December, 1998 :
"The Boran is the future of pastoralist communities because it can still tolerate the harsh rangeland conditions better than any cross-breed"