Bovis ISSN 2398-2993

Ankole

Synonym(s): African breed

Contributor(s): CABI, Vetstream Ltd, Mo Kemp

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Introduction

  • Ankole cow in Uganda, reproduced with kind permission from Dr Peter Thorne.

Biological Data

Normal

Weight

  • 410 to 730 kg.

Height

  • Body dimensions have been compared in agropastoral, crop–livestock and pastoral systems: heights at withers were the same for bulls in agropastoral systems as in pastoral (they could not be measured in crop–livestock systems) but for cows they were, respectively, 147 cm, 138 cm and 126 cm (significantly different means).

Colors and distuingishing features

  • The horns and assorted coat colors give ample scope for tribal type selection and the look of the beast (and the size of the herd) is generally even more important than its productivity.
  • As a group the Ankole cattle are slender and long-legged with a light skeleton and narrow chest, flat sides and rather poor muscling. The cervico-thoracic hump is small (negligible on the cows) and the neck fairly short with a good dewlap.
  • The distinctive horns can reach up to 2.4m from tip to tip.

Breed History and Information

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