Karamajong Zebu


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Karamajong group
Special Characteristics: 
Adapted to the very dry climate and semi-nomadic way of life of the Karamoja people; similar in conformation with the Boran cattle; deep body and long legs; well developed pyramidal hump; horns longer than those of adjacent breeds; common coat colours are grey-white, light fawn or tan with or without white patching; blood collected by piercing the jugular vein constitutes the staple food (Felius, 1995).
Main Location: 
Found in the Karamoja district of north-eastern Uganda.
Descended from the first introduction of zebu into Africa from west Asia. The Karamajong tribe that maintains the breed are the most influential tribe among the Karamoja-Nilotic people. They stay in their original homeland (Karamajong) in the Karamoja district of north-eastern Uganda. The cattle are quite similar with the Boran types (Rege and Tawah, 1999).