Bonsmara are a tropically adapted Bos taurus breed. Performance recording is the cornerstone of their development. They are the dominant breed in South Africa, where some 60,000 registered females are currently being performance recorded with the commercial and seedstock herds, adding to around 4 million head.
The genetics are a combination of African and British, forming a very productive breed in their own right, but also offer Australian cattlemen an attractive option as terminal sires with Brahman and Brahman Euro breeders. Research continues to show that on average bos taurus meat is more consumer acceptable than bos indicus meat, resulting in growing interest from our commercial cattlemen in producing composite slaughter cattle.
This and the desire to capture hybrid vigour benefits open up a potential market for tropical bos taurus breeds especially as a cross with the euro Brahman which are very popular at present.