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Breed History
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The captivating history of Afrikaner cattle in South Africa intertwines with the nation's rich history.

The Afrikaner cattle’s primitive roots lay on the Asian steppes among the wild cattle of that era, evolving from the lateral-horned Zebu without external influences. This robust breed, resilient in arid conditions and impervious to tropical diseases, embarked on a journey into Africa around 2,000 years ago. Migrating southward over centuries, only those adapted to harsh desert conditions and extreme heat reached the southern tip of the continent. By the 15th century, Portuguese sailors noted the presence of these cattle in the south-western region of Southern Africa.

The true value of Afrikaner cattle was not fully recognized by South African farmers until 1912. Thanks to the advocacy of Alex Holm, Director of the Potchefstroom College of Agriculture, a studbook was established in 1912 and the Afrikaner was registered as an official cattle, enabling controlled breeding to shape the modern Afrikaner breed.

 
 
 
   

   

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