Italian beef breed shines at Nampo

One of the highlights of the 2007 Nampo livestock section was the ­Romagnola, an Italian beef cattle breed, which made its debut at this prestigious agricultural show.

One of the highlights of the 2007 Nampo livestock section was the ­Romagnola, an Italian beef cattle breed, which made its debut at this prestigious agricultural show. “The livestock component of the annual Nampo festival is showing rapid growth,” commented agricultural correspondent Hans Lombard, saying he has seen it develop into the most complete exhibition for livestock breeds in Africa.

A total of 29 cattle breeds, 11 sheep breeds, four horse breeds and four goat breeds from some of the country’s top studs were exhibited at Nampo this year. The Romagnola has existed as a purebred breed for more than 2 000 years, and is not related to any breed in SA.

“For commercial farmers, the ­Romagnola presents an excellent opportunity,” ­Lombard said. “Higher weaning weights and better growth in the feedlot can be obtained by cross-breeding cows of various breeds with Romagnola bulls. The 205-day weaning weight could be up to 280kg for crossbred heifers and 310kg for bull calves.” According to Lombard, breed ­societies agree that they receive more enquiries at Nampo than at any other national show. – Peter Mashala