n Farmer’s Weekly - Bonsmara-infused Afrikaners : enhancing performance : livestock

Volume 2016, Issue 16018
  • ISSN : 0041-848X



For half a century, starting from shortly before the First World War, the Afrikaner held a seemingly unassailable position as the dominant beef cattle breed in South Africa. But by the 1960s, its heydays were over, and the breed was eclipsed by others better suited to modern production methods. Since then, determined efforts have been made to rectify the Afrikaner's shortcomings, while retaining those traits that made the breed a legend for half a century. At the heart of this effort is the science of genetic infusion. Today, after more than 40 years of cooperation between geneticists, animal scientists and breeders, the Afrikaner is once again a competitive beef breed.

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