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Ankole - heifer - Burundi/DR Congo/Rwanda/Tanzania/Uganda

(transboundary/brand name)

(most common name):
Ankolé (Burundi, Rwanda)
Ankole (DR Congo, Tanzania, Uganda)

The Ankole is an indigenous breed that originated in the Ankole sub-region in the Western Region of Uganda. As a breed, it is listed separately by Burundi, DR Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. Tanzania reported an increasing population of 1,710,000 in 2013. Burundi reported a decreasing population of 530,000 in 2016.

The name ‘Ankole’ is from Runyankore (also Nkore) — a Bantu language spoken by the Ankole people (also called Nkore and Banyankole people) and the Hima people of southwestern Uganda.

‘Ankole’ is also the overall name of a general cattle population susceptible to the tsetse fly. Ankole cattle types include: Bahima, Watusi, Inyambo, Bashi, Toro, Ruzizi.

Ankole cattle are described as having:
• very long horns
• medium-long heads
• short necks with large dewlaps
• narrow chests

You can also go to:

My Daily Cow® Burundi, DR Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda and read about other Burundi, DR Congo, Rwandan, Tanzanian and Ugandan cattle breeds.

The Cow Wall® A-Z Cattle Breed Picture Reference to see other breeds of cattle in the world.