The DUN Nguni Stud herd was established in 2005. The initial branding of BR was selected as the base herd was based along the banks of the Bushmans River. A few years later, the branding was changed to LRC, which followed the name of the farm, being Leopard Ridge Conservancy. Then in 2016, we embarked on the plan of establishing a herd that was predominantly made up of Dun cattle. We travelled the country and attended various auctions, sourcing good quality Dun genetics from reputable stud breeders. We are very mindful of not forgoing quality when breeding for color. WE ARE THUS PROUD TO OWN THE LARGEST NUMBER OF DUN COWS. Hence the name of our stud, DUN Nguni Stud. Although these animals have been purchased from all over the country, they have been steadily introduced into virulent red water and heart water conditions. These animals have been blocked, blooded and monitored to ensure that they adapt to the harsh tick borne conditions. The offspring will however form a natural immunity to these conditions.
Health and Disease
The adopted breeding strategy is simple and affective – the type of animal that we strive to breed is a uniformly smaller animal with good muscling. The animals should be able to withstand the harsh heat conditions that prevail in the Bushman’s River Valley.
The calves are weaned at 7 to 8 months, where the bull calves are either grown out, or sold as weaners. Only a select few exceptional bull calves will be kept and grown out for sale. The heifer weaners are shipped off to a property approximately 50 kilometres away that has similar conditions and vegetation types. These heifers are kept on this property for 12 months and returned at an age of 20 months when they will be mated.
In conclusion, the DUN Nguni Stud genetic pool is constantly being improved. We travel across the entire country seeking genetics that could improve our herd. We strive to have a world class Nguni Stud, which strives to breed quality animals that are adaptable to all conditions.