n Stockfarm - Namibia makes the most of genetics - industry issues

Volume 7 Number 7
  • ISSN : 2221-7304



The first Brahman cattle that arrived in Namibia more than 60 years ago, caused a revolution in the country’s beef cattle industry and strengthened the cattle farmer’s efforts to produce more and better beef. The breed has once again taken the lead by utilising genetics more effectively to further strengthen the Brahman’s production capacity. Two of Namibia’s leading Brahman breeders established a private testing station where the net feed intake (NFI) of bulls is measured to identify those animals whose offspring would convert feed and pasture most successfully into meat. At the same time, good progress is being made with the Namibian Brahman genomics project as well as the ultrasonic scanning of cattle to collect data related to meat traits that will be processed into estimated breeding values (EBVs) and which will be made available to farmers over time.

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