Hunt is on for last Afrikaner genetics

Rare Breeds Trust of Australia on the hunt for any remaining Afrikaner genetics

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Do you know of any Afrikaner genetics in the country?

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The Rare Breeds Trust of Australia is seeking the assistance of producers to help in locating any remaining Afrikaner genetics in the country.

Members are of the understanding the first cattle breed in Australia has now been lost and biosecurity restrictions limit any chance of importing new bloodlines.

Bovine embryos were permitted for import from the Republic of South Africa until permits were suspended following an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in 2011.

Rare Breeds Trust of Australia member Andrew Kennett said a CSIRO semen sale in 2019 featured some rare breeds and they were now investigating if they included any Afrikana animals.

There may be some stored in a semen centre in Queensland but it was yet to be confirmed.

"There are zero left as far as I know...we can't find any," he said.

"The South Africans are very keen to help reestablish the breed although it is closed off at the moment and it could be 10 years before it reopens so we want to find any here."

The Rare Breeds Trust of Australia is run by a group of volunteers and monitors the status of breeds within the country with the aim of preserving and protecting domestic livestock.

Anybody with any information about Afrikaner genetics in Australia can contact rarebreedstrustau@gmail.com

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