This breed was kept by Julius’ grandparents in present day Ankole region in Western Uganda particularly the area now known as Sheema District, Kitagata which is adjacent to areas like Queen Elizabeth National Park and well known for the famous Kitagata Hot Springs.
Julius spent a great amount of his childhood years grazing his late grandfather’s ankole cattle a passion that only translated into the commercial farmer and owner of Nimukama Mixed Farm that he now is. Julius is an ardent lover of cattle, almost to infectious levels!
From the inception of Nimukama Mixed Farm, the initial herd was composed of Ankole long horned cattle ( see photo gallery) however, a small proportion of the herd has now been set aside with a greater proportion composed of Ankole and Boran Cross breeds. The boran is now the dominant breed type on the farm.
The Ankole cattle are indeed a marvel – They’re are able to use poor-quality forage and limited quantities of feed and water. These survival abilities have allowed them as a breed to not only survive the centuries in Africa, but also to become established in Europe, South America, Australia, and North America.
The Ankole breed is medium in size, with cows weighing between 430–540 kg and bulls weighing between 540–730 kg. Newborn calves weigh just 14–23 kg and remain small for several months.
At Nimukama Mixed Farm, we breed the Boran and Ankole to produce crossbreeds with phenomenal body score with our cattle weighing between 500-800kgs live body weight!