HISTORY OF VASTRAP BORAN
VASTRAP BORAN (VST) is a Boran cattle stud owned by Quentin and Marisa de Bruyn and is based on Vastrap Farm near Ladybrand in the Eastern Free State of South Africa. Since 1870, Vastrap has produced four generations of “de Bruyn” farmers. Quentin took over the family farm in 2000 and immediately developed a passion for cattle. After a decade of commercial cattle farming, he started a Boran cattle stud in 2010 with the philosophy of having the best core foundation DAM genetics in South Africa. He visited Kenya in September 2010 to experience first-hand what the breed has to offer (see Visiting the Boran in Kenya). He returned home more convinced than ever and shortly thereafter took the big step of purchasing JACKIE MHB 05-08 (see The JACKIE bloodline), a polled Boran cow with exceptional phenotype and unrivaled flushing ability.
In 2011, Vastrap Boran acquired the entire Mollshoop Boran (MHB) stud from Jacques Moll and Friedl von Maltits thereby establishing it as a force in the Boran stud industry. In addition to top genetics, Vastrap Boran strives to bring passion, commitment, knowledge, reliability and love of stock farming to the table.
Vastrap Boran has continued Mollshoop’s tradition of naming every female Boran cow that is related on the DAM side by the same name. For example, every JACKIE daughter is also a JACKIE, while the Boran bull calves get given names starting with first letter of their mother’s name e.g. “J” for Jackie, such as Justice. Our main stud sire until this year was Rustin MHB 06-30, a ROSE son (see The ROSE bloodline).
BENEFITS OF BORAN CATTLE
The Boran developed after the introduction of Bos Indicus cattle to Africa after the Arab invasion of East Africa in about 700 AD. The breed gets its name from the Borana plateau in Southern Ethiopia, a region with harsh high altitude climatic conditions and frequent drought. Its genetic make-up is Bos Indicus (64%) and Bos Taurus (36%). For more details on the origins of Boran cattle see “The Boran: God’s Gift to Cattlemen“.
The Boran is ideally suited for producing high quality meat with low input costs, a key attribute for organic grass-fed beef. It can be successfully fattened off the veld thanks to its tremendous rumen capacity, ease of movement over harsh territory and browsing ability. The Boran has been a pure breed for 1 300 years giving it greater hybrid vigour in cross-breeding programmes than modern compound breeds. Indigenous Boran have many benefits for commercial farmers: resistance to ticks, biting insects and disease; maintaining condition during drought; protection from predation and theft due to its strong herd instinct; good temperament, strong mothering instinct, high fertility and longevity.
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