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Nguni cattle derive their name from the black tribes of Africa, collectively known as the Nguni people. The Nguni is a [[breeds|breed]] that has adapted to the African environment over many years and therefore displays functional characteristics. It is slightly smaller in size compared to the large beef breeds of other countries but this just enables it to live in the Highveld regions of Africa.  
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Nguni cattle derive their name from the black tribes of Africa, collectively known as the Nguni people. The Nguni is a [[breeds|breed]] that has adapted to the African environment over many years and therefore displays functional characteristics.
  
Bulls are medium sized and weigh between 500kg and 600kg. They are muscular and display typical male characteristics with well developed, muscular, cervico-thoracic humps, which mean that the hump is in front of the foreleg. The scrotum is well developed with good pigmentation and thermo-regulatory function.
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The cows are small and weigh between 300kg and 400kg. They are feminine with sleek, delicate lines around the neck and forequarter and a prominent wedge shape with the weight in the stomach and hindquarter area. The sloping rump is a distinctive characteristic of the Nguni cow and ensures ease of calving. The udder is small to medium, well attached with small, functional teats.
 
 
 
Horn shapes and hide patterns are varied and no two animals are alike which has its own attraction and the cause of this breed being so distinctive from other breeds.
 
 
 
Their hide is sleek and glossy to prevent ticks attaching itself to the animal. The legs and hoofs are strong to enable the animal to walk and climb to find enough grazing. The tail is thin and flexible with a full brush and extend to below the hock. The Nguni is known for its good temperament.
 
 
 
Nguni cattle are heat and light tolerant and can handle extreme heat and cold alike. They are adaptable and hardy and possess excellent resistance to internal and external parasites with natural immunity to tick borne diseases. Early maturity, fertility, ease of calving and longevity ensures that cows have long and productive lives, cows will produce 10 or more calves. The cows show great efficiency and often wean calves that weigh 45-50% of their body mass. The average birth weight of calves is 22.5kg and wean at approximately 175kg, they grow at about 0.70 kg per day until weaning.
 
 
 
The Nguni can be fattened on natural grazing and performs well in the feedlot, producing quality carcasses with an even distribution of fat and excellent marbling, finished carcasses dress out at roughly 180-220 kg.
 

Latest revision as of 23:58, 12 March 2013

Nguni cattle derive their name from the black tribes of Africa, collectively known as the Nguni people. The Nguni is a breed that has adapted to the African environment over many years and therefore displays functional characteristics.

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