Animal Genetic Resources
International Livestock Research Institute
PO Box 5689, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
General Breed Information
Breed Name/Strain :
Borgu, Kaiama, Ketaku, Ketari, Kettije.
Breed Group Name:
Recently Derived Breeds
Taurine x zebu cross
Recent derivatives have been formed as a result of coexistence of two or more breeds in close proximity to each other. In most cases this has been facilitated by increased interaction among tribal groups and sometimes deliberate but non-systematic attempts to improve specific attributes. The transition between the savannah and the forest zones of West Africa is the home of several of these "crossbred populations" some of which are locally recognized as breeds; for example the Borgou, Mere and Ghana Sanga of West Africa are crosses of zebu and local Humpless cattle (Rege, 1999; Rege and Tawah, 1999).
Breed Origin :
A stabilized cross of Savannah Shorthorn (Muturu) of the south and White Fulani of the north of Nigeria, with some input from N'Dama Longhorn. It shows wide variation of intermediates in conformation between zebu and humpless forms (Rege et al., 1994; Felius, 1995).
Found in western Nigeria, in Kwara, Oyo, Niger and Ondo states; maintained by nomads and settled agriculturalists alike.
White coat colour with black ears and nose and sometimes black speckled; body is long and muscled, but with poorly developed hindquarters; dished head profile (Felius, 1995).