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The Brahman’s global footprint

Brahman's global footprint

The Brahman breed is found all over the world, including North and South America, Europe, Australia, Africa and Asia.

The conclusion can be drawn that the breed easily adapts to different climatic and rainfall regions, and makes a huge contribution to global beef production, says Jan Van Zyl, the Brahman Catlle Breeders’ Society Council member responsible for advertising and promotion. Jan’s efforts will include the compilation of seven supplements to be inserted into various agricultural magazines over the next two years.

By 2015 North America had the largest concentration of 2 500 registered breeders, with Brahmans occurring in all states in the US. The breed is also found throughout South America, with particularly large herds in Argentina and Brazil. Although the Brazilian herds are mostly Nelore, one must bear in mind that the Nelore, Guzerat, Indo-Brazil and Gir are also classified as Brahman. In North America, one mainly finds grey Manso and Red Brahmans, which also are the most popular choices of the Brahman breed in Southern Africa and Australia.

The second largest concentration of registered Brahmans breeders in 2015 is found in Australia, standing at 1 100. South Africa had 400 and Namibia had 125 registered breeders. South Africa, Namibia, Australia and the US are also members of the International Brahman Forum, which was established with the aim of comparing Brahmans in these four countries using performance data.

The Brahman Cattle Breeders’ Society of South Africa has also made contact with Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique in order to promote regional cooperation and collaboration.

“This can only benefit the breed and its breeders,” says Jan.

Brahmans are increasingly becoming popular in Asia and Europe, and it is expected that these countries will eventually join the International Brahman Forum. In 2015 available registered breeder figures for other countries where the breed occurs, were as follows; Bolivia 160, Brazil 80, Colombia 650, Ecuador 30, Guatemala 13, Mexico 270, Nicaragua 14, Panama 130, Paraguay 160, the Philippines 6 and Venezuela 235. This comes to a total of 5 873 breeders of pure bred Brahmans.

“There must be a good reason why the breed is so popular,” says Jan with a smile.

“While it is difficult to obtain comprehensive breeder figures, we believe as more countries join the Forum, our database will expand significantly,” he added. Brahman Cattle Breeders’ Society of South Africa

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