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 Weights & Measures - Talking numbers

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  • Height of typical mature bull: -
    117-147 cm at withers
     
  • Height of typical mature cow: -
    114-127 cm at withers
     
  • Typical carcase weight off grass:
    230-260 kg dressed weight
    with 52% dressing percentage
     
  • Weight of typical mature bull: -
    500 kg to 850 kg
     
  • Weight of typical mature cow: -
    380 kg to 450 kg
     
  • Steers reared on grass: -
    ready for slaughter between 3 to 3.5 yrs
    36 -42 months) 420-460 kg
     
  • Steers, supplementary fed: -
    ready for slaughter between
    18 to 22months @ 380 to 400 kg
     
  • On average cows calve once a year: -
    potentially 11 months (higher than other       
    indicus breeds)
     
  • Average weight gains per day on grass & feedlot: -
    Grass = 0.7 kg - 1.0 kg per day depending
    on grass quality Feedlot = 1.3 kg per day
    depending on type of cross used (this was found 
    at a recent trial at Marania Farm - Timau where 
    using Boran cross Angus steers & heifers)
     
  • Milk Production from Boran / Friesian F1: -

     1st Lactation : -
         Av = 9.3 kgs per day
         High= 13.8 kg per day
     2nd Lactation : -
         Av= 10.4 kg per day
         High = 15.6kg per day
     3rd Lactation : -
         Av= 13.4 kg per day
         High = 19.5 kg per day
     

“The Boran is hardy, acclimatizes easily and with execellent fleshing qualities as proved in the results of carcass contents”
-Robert Tate -Brahman Breeder-San Antonio, Texas

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  • Exports to international countries?
    Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa and Australia
     
  • Origin / History?
    Ethiopia over 2000 years old as domestic animal for milk / beef
     
  • How pure is the stock?
    Improved by commercial European ranchers -
    early 1900's to date
     
  • Typical weight - mature bull?
    650 kg to 850 kg
     
  • Typical weight - mature cow?
    380 kg to 450 kg
     
  • What are the steers reared on?
    Predominantly grass
     
  • What age are they ready for slaughter?
    Between 3 years to 31/2 years
     
  • Average yield of carcase?
    52 % off grass
     
  • With supplementary feed, how soon are they ready for slaughter?
    18 to 22 months @ 380 to 400 kg.
     
  • Describe the beef?
    Tender and juicy
     
  • Suitability for cross breeding with any dairy of beef breed?
    DAIRY - Friesian cross
    BEEF - all British & Continental breeds
     
  • How soon do young cattle develop resistance?
    From birth
     
  • Is this a purely beef producing breed?
    Principally yes, but also has good milk potential
     
  • Does Boran cow yield adequate milk for its calves?
    Definitely
     
  • Mothering abilities?
    Excellent
     
  • Are calves guarded by mother?
    Do they herd together?

    Yes / Yes
     
  • What is potential calving interval?
    11 months
     
  • Any calving / birth problems?
    Hardly any
     
  • Semen exported to breeders?
    Yes - Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and East Africa
     
  • Feed required, as compared to other breeds?
    Much less
     
  • Convert feed into more protein and butterfat per unit of body weight?
     Yes
     
  • Dairy producers can realize more profits potential while reducing management costs?
    Definitely yes
     
  • Do Boran reach reproductive maturity at an early age?
    Yes, if conditions are right, can be at 18 months
     
  • Are Boran registered at birth?
    By which governing body?
    Book - birth notification soon after birth & registration?

    Yes - Kenya Stud Book / before 3 years
     
  • Thrive under extreme heat?
    Yes, has many more sweat pores compared to European cattle
     
  • Prone to tick attack?
    Short, strong, shiny hair, which discourages tick attacks
     
  • Walks long distances?
    Yes, oval shaped conformation + slightly sickle hocks, which enable the Boran to walk long distances without effort
     

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