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Afar -cow- Djibouti/Eritrea/Ethiopia

(most common name)

transboundary/brand name (Djibouti, Eritrea):
local/other name (Djibouti, Eritrea):
• Adal
• Adali
• Keriyu
• Raya
(local/other name):
• Raya Azebó
• Galla Azebó
local/other name (English):
• Dancalian (Djibouti, Eritrea)

The Afar is a pure sanga breed used mainly for milk, but also for meat and hides.

The Afar is raised in the Danakil Desert by the Afar tribespeople. The Afar people are also known as the Danakil, Adali and Odali — an ethnic group that lives primarily in northern Djibouti, the southern point of Eritrea, and the Afar Region of Ethiopia.

The Afar has three related subtypes:
Bedaeru (relatively small, short-horned, higher milk yield)
Igahiboda (large with large horns, similar to the Raya)
intermediate (medium-sized, red-coated)

The Afar has the longest lyre-shaped horns in the area, horns that can form almost a complete circle.

This page was last updated on: 2023-05-13

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