Disposition is a topic that can lead to heated discussions among ranchers. I decided we fall under the category Ranch and not farm, but more about this in a later post.
Off course we all have our personal preference, but we can’t see any joy in working with wild animals that might bite, hurt or kill you! Yes, it is all fun and games when someone get chased, but let’s face it, in Mozambique medical attention is far and in between and we all have large herds and time is money.
According to Prof Jan Bonsma, also known as the cattle wizard, the master mind behind the scientific breed: “Cattle with a docile temperament are easy to work with. Wild animals can be dangerous and should be culled. Temperament is heritable and therefor runs in families. Selection for a relatively docile temperament is possible”
I am sure that cattlemen all over the globe has heard the name Jan Bonsma before and I don’t need to go into his reputation of this legendary genius.
But is working with temperamental animals just time consuming?
Research in the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zeeland show that calm, tamed animals grow better than temperamental animals. A study by Hammack indicated that temperamental animal’s growth were up to 500g/day less than their calmer mates.
Meat quality was also effected and tougher than the calmer animals. Australian, Bernie Bindon stated that “Slower-moving cattle taste better than those that move quickly”
We decided to invest in a couple of Brahman steers and heifers. The heifers specifically to cross-breed with and the steers for an investment. We prefer cattle in the pasture than money in the bank!
Our main reason for doing this was to proof to people around us what exceptional crossbreeding one can do between a Brahman and a Bonsmara. We have done this very successfully in the past. Read all about this here
The 1st steers were ready for loading a couple of weeks back and it took us a whole day to load them! It was torture for Eugene! He always say that working with the cattle should be fun, it’s what he looks forward to, but this was pure torture for him.
He has specific rules about sticks in the “kraal”. They are not allowed! So after being chased once or twice the workers got sticks and it was horrific. We hate working like that. This is what we are used to. Here we are loading a bull for a client.
We mixed the herd with the Bonsmaras to try and calm them down a bit, but I believe my husband established that he isn’t a fan of wild animals and they will be the first to be sold
Working with temperamental animals isn’t just time consuming, it is actually costing you money that could have been in the bank. When they are market ready gathering, herding and loading is huge obstacles, obstacles that isn’t a factor when farming with Bonsmaras
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