Bafana

Our current breeding bull

6 year old

48 1/8″

SCI 123 3/8″

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Mthonzen

Our previous breeding bull

44 5/8″

SCI 107 1/4″

 

Our Strength Lies in Our Genetics

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Mpondo

Our current breeding bull

8 years old

Left Horn (length) 65 7/8″ | Right Horn (length) 65 3/8″

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Tanza

Original breeding bull

44 7/8″

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Breeding Cows from DUKE

genetics and covered by 24 1/8″ Red Heart

 

Our Strength Lies in Our Genetics

Breeding cows 22″

to 25″ covered by 30″ plus beeding bull”

 

Our Strength Lies in Our Genetics

Thaba

Our current breeding bull

9 year old

Left Horn (length) 29 1/2″ | Right Horn (length) 30 1/8″

 

 

 

 

Our Strength Lies in Our Genetics

 

 

 

 

Our Strength Lies in Our Genetics

Welcome to Bdumbi Too Ranch

Over the years JJ has put immense time and effort into creating the ideal camp setup for his intensive as well as extensive game breeding operation.  This is an ongoing process and will never be perfect. He has fenced numerous camps for his selected scarce and common game species that he now concentrates on. He designed his own holding boma and passive capture bomas, making capture work easier and at the same time providing a comfortable environment for the animals.

JJ loves and enjoys what he does and is driven by his passion and his desire to make a difference. His breeding herds consist of outstanding Black-masked Zambian Sable, Buffalo, Kudu, Waterbuck, Nyala, Wildebeest, Red Hartebeest and Livingstone Eland, Gemsbuck all with exceptional horn length and genetic strength. The remainder of his selective breeding consists of Black and Saddleback Impala. Other species roaming on the ranches include zebra, giraffe, bushbuck, warthog and other general game species.

 

 

The History of the LIVINGSTONE ELAND in South Africa - Terry Herholdt

 

The most important characteristic of the Livingstone Eland are the black markings on strategic places on the body where stronger pigmentation is needed to protect the animals from damage caused by hard bodied ticks. This characteristic is very evident when comparing the Cape Eland to the Livingstone Eland. The areas which should have jet black markings are: – the coronary band around the top of the hoof, going up along the back of the pastern; the black garter behind the front leg, midway between the knee and elbow; – the underline of the belly; the point of the dewlap; – the dorsal stripe which extends from the mane to the tail; – and the facial mask in mature bulls or a vertical nasal stripe/light mask in females. Coat colour can vary between biscuit coloured to the highly sought after terracotta. Vertical white stripes on the barrel can be seen in a fishbone type pattern all the way to the pin bone at the point of the hindquarter and are most prominent in calves under the age of a year. Once they have shed their first coat, the stripes will become less prominent, especially in the bull calves as they mature. Naturalist Abbott Thayer suggested, more than 100 years ago that high contrast patterns may distort the perceived speed or direction of a moving object, making it hard to track or capture. Therefore, could stripes serve as ‘motion dazzle’ to confuse predators trying to lock onto a certain calf within the nursery group whilst being stalked? The conformation of the true Livingstone Eland is another trait which differentiates it from the Cape Eland, and the assumption that it is merely a colour variation of the Southern African Common Eland, is incorrect. Livingstone Eland should be deep bodied and broad chested. They are heavier, in general, than their Cape cousins.

 

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