Training & Research

Drakensberger—The Profit Breed

To become an inspector, the first step is to pass a course for learner-inspectors. Thereafter, the learner-inspector must complete 3 (three) inspection tours together with two other inspectors, and after each inspection tour the senior inspector must submit a positive report. The board can then promote the learner-inspector to junior inspector, after which another 3 (three) inspection tours must be completed in the company of two other inspectors. After each inspection tour, a positive report by the senior inspector must be submitted, after which the board may promote the junior inspector to senior inspector.

A refresher course for all inspectors is held annually during January/February. It is compulsory and only inspectors who attended the course, will serve on the panel of inspectors for that year. The year's inspection tours are also set out here and inspectors appointed for the tours.

Download the following documents:

 Application Form for Selector Course

 The Selectors Course Administration Document

 The Selectors Course Introduction

 The Selectors Course Selection Document

Research

The technical sub-committee focus on research and a scientific approach to improve our cattle and our understanding of scientific tools and the latest research to our disposal. A number of studies have been completes in the past few years and have been documented as articles and Masters dissertations. Some of these studies are listed below:

Feedlot performance of the Drakensberger in comparison with other cattle breeds

The aim of this study was to compare the growth performance and incidences of health disorders of the Drakensberger breed to the collective total of all other beef breeds in feedlots. Results from Phase C performance tests at the centres, as well as historical growth and health data were gathered from a number of feedlots.

There seem to be no significant differences in the occurrence of metabolic disturbances and other diseases between Drakensbergers and other breeds.

 Read the complete dissertation

Heat Stress?

The adaptability and ability to handle heat stress by the Drakensbergers is illustrated in this study in comparison to other indigenous breeds and European breeds.

 Drakensbergers do not stress about the heat. (Afrikaans)

Effect of heat stress on six beef breeds in the Zastron district: the significance of breed, coat colour and coat type.

Differences in physical traits such as coat score and hide-thickness together with tick burdens and body condition score in four breeds in the Southern Free State

Benefits of Indigenous Breeds

Click on links below to read more on the benefits of indigenous cattle:

 South Africas landrace beef breeds–a heritage for food securityy

 Benefits of Indigenous Catlle–Danie Bosman (Afrikaans)

Other Interesting Articles

Click on links below to download pdf's

 Tick burdens and body condition score in four breeds

 Effect of heat on six beef breeds