Boran Genetics

  • boran cattle on Ol Pejeta
  • boran cattle on Ol Pejeta

The Boran breed has been extremely successful in Kenya as the most efficient converter of roughage to prime beef.

As one of the top Boran breeders in the world, we intend to spread our genetics over the rest of Africa and other dry parts of the world where the Boran breed could improve beef production. Some additional information on our genetics programme and future plans:

  • The Ol Pejeta Conservancy, with 2,000 pure Boran breeding cows, possesses the largest single Boran gene pool in the world. An important asset
  • In 1980 the first Borans were registered on Ol Pejeta, creating the “Ol Pejeta Boran Stud”
  • In 1992 the quarantine area and embryo transfer centre were constructed and the first Boran embryo collected. 500 embryos were exported to Zimbabwe which resulted in that country’s first 220 Borans born in 1993
  • In 1994, Ol Pejeta exported its first Boran embryos to South Africa
  • Between 2000 and 2006, a further 1,600 Boran embryos were exported to South Africa from Ol Pejeta cows alone
  • boran cattle on Ol Pejeta
  • boran cattle on Ol Pejeta
  • boran cattle on Ol Pejeta
  • Ol Pejeta Cow, No. 2339, has been the top embryo producer with a total of 121 embryos exported between 2005 and 2007, from 6 flushes. (averaging 20 per flush)
  • Ol Pejeta now maintains 300 registered Boran breeding cows. These are the top producers on the property, and their job is to breed bulls to use on the commercial herd plus bulls and heifers for sale and embryo production for export
  • The Boran is fast becoming a popular breed in the drier parts of the world where it is capable of producing quality beef off natural pastures
  • Ol Pejeta’s Boran genetics have been exported to all parts of Africa including Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa
  • Ol Pejeta’s Borans are bred for performance: high fertility, hardiness and resistance with excellent beef conformation
  • Ol Pejeta’s Borans learn to survive in a wildlife-rich environment, exposed to the many diseases carried by the wildlife, and in competition for grazing with many of the other ruminants

For more information on the Ol Pejeta Boran genetics programme, please contact our Livestock Manager, Giles Prettejohn at

boran cattle on Ol Pejeta
Photo credits: Kevin Wabungo (x2), Giles Prettejohn (x2), Sandra Hill (x2)