Africander (Afrikander)

History
  • Origin: South Africa, breed development ongoing since the 15th century
  • Brought to the King Ranch in Texas, 1931 but used unsuccessfully in the creation of the Santa Gertrudis breed
  • Genetics contributed to the development of the Barzona breed
Characteristics
  • Sanga type cattle - cross between Bos taurus and Bos indicus
  • Mostly horned, some polled
  • Deep, dark red (yellow possible but bred separately
  • Neck hump
  • Fully grown they weigh:
    • females - 1,100 to 1,300 pounds
    • males - 1,600 to 2,200 pounds
Advantages
  • Sound skeletal structure
  • Can forage on a large amount of browse for its diet
  • Heat tolerance
  • Insect resistance (especially ticks) and disease resistance
Disadvantages
  • Poor milking ability
  • Matures late