Hardy breed named Musi at unveiling

A composite breed of cattle suitable for Botswana's arid conditions was unveiled at Palla Road near Mahalapye on Monday.

Named Musi after the place where the Department of Agricultural Research (DAR) began the process of selective breeding that resulted in this hardy beast 29 years ago, it is hoped that the composite breed with lead to increased beef production.Musi the place lies 25 kilometres south of Good Hope towards Phitshane-Molopo,
Speaking at the launch, Dr Lobisa Setshwaelo, said the objective of the research was to find a genetic material that could perform like crossbreeds already found in Botswana and well above the indigenous Tswana breed while retaining the hardiness and adaptability of the native stock in one package.

"The proportions of the selected breeds in the Musi breed were designed to ultimately optimise the overall efficiency for beef production under Botswana conditions," Setshwelo said.

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