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Ankole-Watusi Cattle

Overall satisfaction

4/5

Acquired: Bred animal myself

Gender: Female

Appearance

4/5

Temperament

4/5

Health

4/5

Growth rate

3/5

Calving ease

4/5

Tolerance for heat

5/5

Tolerance for cold

3/5

Commercial value

N/A

Meat quality

4/5

Dairy quality

4/5

Meat quantity

4/5

Dairy quantity

3/5

Ankole-Friesian hybrid.

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102, Uganda

Posted Sep 03, 2016

Sometimes, a hybrid strain is better than a purebed strain. This is one of those such instances. Combining the hardiness of the ankole-watusi with the sheer milk productivity of the friesian, you get a creature that does not need as much maintenance and yet produces a decent amount of milk.
In terms of appearance these hybrids are very rarely solid colours, tending to be varying shades of grey and/or red and white, often with a dappled appearance. They sport massive horns, that can grow to impressive lengths and they often appear slimmer than the friesian.
One of the best things about this cross, aside from the impressive horns of course, is that the quality of milk produced is often very good, with a rich, creamy distinct taste. Their temperament tends to be docile and quite social. They are not picky about what they eat and can get by on various diets.
Keep in mind though that this hybrid is not yet fully recognised and is experimental in many ways. I would say, however, that as a hybrid this is one of the best to have.

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