Bonsmara breed originates from South Africa, it has been scientifically bred and strictly selected for economical production in extensive cattle grazing in sub-tropical climates. In 1937 it was generally noted that British breeds did not have the required heat tolerance for the sub tropics and that the Afrikaner did not perform as well in terms of calving regularity. Professor Jan Bonsma decided to test different breed combinations at the Messina Livestock Research Station. Characteristics
The Bonsmara is red in colour with a blend of Bos indicus and Bos taurus attributes. They are horned but must be de-horned to conform with breed standards. Body conformation and traits have all been selected for to satisfy the commercial requirements of todays market.
How do you identify a Bonsmara?
A medium framed, smooth coated, heat and tick tolerant beef breed. The Bonsmara is uniform red to brown in colour and has the typical frame of an efficient sub tropical, easy calving breed. Extensive, sub tropical and higher lying temperature areas.
What is the difference between Brahman and Bonsmara?
Brahman cattle live longer than many other breeds, often still producing
What is the most expensive cow breed in Africa?
Nelore cows are extremely valued because of genetically desired features such as heat endurance and resistance to parasite illnesses. Also, the Nelore has an edge over other beef cattle breeds in terms of hardiness.
The Bonsmara is a medium framed red coloured animal that is born with horns, but has to be dehorned to conform with breed standards. Mature cows on average weigh between 500 to 550 kg, producing calves with an average weaning weight of about 230 kg each.