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The breeding objective for this breed of cattle is to obtain large and prominent horns. The bigger the horns, the more valuable the individual. It is not uncommon for the horns to grow to two meters with a circumference of 50 cm. They serve as a defence characteristic of the cattle. Traditionally, these cattle are kept as objects of bartering or as status symbols or even presented as a dowry for marriage.


ClassificationOrder: even-toed ungulates / Family: bovidae
A cross-breed that dates back 5,000 years when ancient Egyptian longhorn cattle were crossed with Indian zebus.
DietHerbs, grasses, leaves
OriginTraditionally domesticated by the Tutsis living in
Rwanda and Burundi.
UseMilk, blood and dung are used, but rarely the meat. Blood from bloodletting is mixed with milk as a drink.