The Drakensberger is a medium-frame beef animal with a smooth coat, strikingly long and deep body with a mild temperament. It is one of only three indigenous cattle breeds in South Africa. The Drakensberger is totally unrelated to any breed in the world today and is the culmination of the development process through strict selection, based on scientific norms. The breed has been developed over hundreds of years to perform under Southern African conditions. The history of this extremely hardy indigenous breed is confirmed by the fact that it had to survive the Great Trek, a time during which no vaccines, antibiotics and tick remedies were available. The Drakensberger cattle breed was officially founded with the establishment of the South African Drakensberger Cattle Breeders' Society on 7 November 1947.