Drakensberger Breeders' Society of South Africa

The true profit breed

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.

Drakensbergers are the true profit breed under extensive conditions in South Africa - In fact, anywhere in the world!

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Discover the Drakensberger Breed

Origin

The origins of the Drakensberger can be related back to the indigenous cattle of the Khoi and other indigenous groups of the Cape and adjacent areas. As early as 2 December 1497, Vasco da Gama mentioned the "fat, black ox" that he obtained in a trade. Only after the arrival of Jan van Riebeeck in 1652,

Why the Drakensberger

The Drakensberger is a medium-frame beef animal with a smooth coat, strikingly long and deep body with a mild temperament. Indigenous cattle breed, bred and developed through natural and scientifically based selection, resulting in adaptability, hardiness and natural resistance against ticks and tick-borne diseases.

The Manual

The aim of this manual is to equip stud breeders and commercial farmers with the necessary knowledge of the Drakensberger cattle breed as well as to explain the functioning of the breeders' society. It also explains the conditions of membership and includes a basic management programme.

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