Banuti Ranchers history with Friesians goes back to the
beginning, as his first Friesians were from his father,
Mr. Tinkamanyire Yafesi. The benefits of the Friesians
were evident to Mr. Nuwamanya Barnabas, so he pursued the
breed, acquiring seed stock from Brookside, Kenya.
He wanted to improve the breed, so he then contacted experts from the
United States of America and begun using imported embryos to avoid inbreeding
of his existing stock. The embryos were flushed from heavy milker cows and using
champion bulls, implanted into surrogate cows at Banuti Ranchers.
The most popular breed in the world for dairy is the Friesian.
The Friesian breed's origin is Holland and it is said that even during
Caesar's time the area was known for its cattle. It's most outstanding
characteristic is its high volume of milk production.
For many years, Friesian were bred and strictly selected to obtain
animals that would make best use of grasses, the areas most abundant resource.
The intermingling of these animals evolved into efficient, high producing black
and white dairy cows.
The characteristics that are desirable to the Friesian include:
- Large, stylish animals with color patterns of black and white
- High quality milk production
- Excellent quality beef
- Daughters have good fertility and mastitis resistance
- Excellent temperament
Cross Breeds Include:
Boran x Friesian
Sahiwal x Friesian
Friesian x Ankole