Nguni: A Case Study Jenny Bester, L.E. Matjuda, J.M.
Rust and H.J. Fourie
Animal Improvement Institute
Well worth the while to read this excellent article by Jenny Bester and co authors. It covers the genetics of the Nguni, as well as very interesting historical aspects of the influx of European breeds of cattle into the rural areas, as these cattle were percieved to be superior. The Nguni appeared to perform poorly (as a result of overstocking) and appeared less uniform, having a wide range of colours and colour patterns that gave the breed the appearance of an indiscriminate mixture of breeds.
Many of these misconceptions are addressed, and fortunately the work they are doing at the ARC, is resulting in the restocking of the rural areas with genetically pure Nguni's again.
The Nguni is by no means just a cattle breed for the non-commercial sector, and its excellent ability to thrive, good mothering abilities, excellent inherent resistance make it an economically viable choice for all sectors of the market, not to be overlooked.
The article was published with a grant as part
of the following workshop:
Proceedings of International Symposium "Managing Biodiversity in Agricultural Ecosystems",
8-10 November, 2001, Montreal, Canada.
The United Nations University Headquarters, Tokyo, Japan.