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Boran Cattle

The Boran is a breed of beef cattle that has been in eastern Africa for over 1,000 years. The Kenyan Boran was developed from native shorthorn Zebu cattle in southern Ethiopia.

The Boran Cattle Breeders Society has managed and bred the cattle since 1951. There were 454 ranches in the country that raised the Boran as of 2008. These ranches are part of five different types; group ranches, private company ranches, co-operative ranches, public company ranches and government ranches.

The color of the Boran is usually white or fawn with the bull being slightly darker. There are two types of Boran cattle, the Orma and Kenyan Boran. The Orma is the smaller of the two with the adult bull weighing between 496 to 870 pounds and the adult cow weighing between 551 to 782 pounds.

The Kenyan Boran is a much larger animal with the adult bull weighing between 1,213 to 1,874 pounds and the adult cow weighing between 881 to 1,213 pounds. The Kenyan Boran is usually white with spots but can be brown or red.

Image Caption: Boran Cattle. Credit: ILRI/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Boran Cattle


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