Why Ramaphosa’s Ankole Cattle Sells For R640 000

In March 2017, Ramaphosa sent shockwaves across the country when he sold his Ankole breed cattle for a whopping R640 000, can you imagine?? that much for a mere cattle??

You might think its ubsurd but believe me you, its not. The R640 000 price tag is more than justified.

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President Yoweri Museveni at his Ankole Cattle farm in Uganda

During a casual trip to Ugandan President in 2004, Ramaphosa first saw the Ankole cattles at his farm and immediately grew an interest in them. He managed to convince President Yoweri Museveni to sell him 43 of those cattles.

President Ramaphosa with President Yoweri Museveni

Due to disease control measures enforced by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Ramaphosa was denied permission to export the cattles back home, because the veterinary servives in Uganda couldn’t guarantee whether the animals were healthy or not.

Ramaphosa then came with a plan B and recruited Dr Morne de La Rey, a renowned veterinary surgeon who specializes in embryo transference. Together they traveled to Uganda and brought the 43 cattles to Kenya.

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artificial insemination

In Kenya, Dr Morne used artificial insemination technology on the 43 cattles to remove the embroys, which were then sent to South Africa and implanted in surrogate cows. After 9 months of gestation period, the Ankole cattles emerged.

To this day, many people are still surprised why they would cost that much but Ankole cattles aren’t your regular cattles that you see on a daily basis, they are special in more ways than you can imagine.

A male Ankole cattle

Now the 100 thousand trillion rand question, “what makes Ankole cattles special??”…..

…..well its not an ABC answer but these points below can provide a more clearer picture of why Ankole cattles are special:

  1. Excellent milk quality
  2. Produce meat high in polyunsaturated fats and omega oils.
  3. Ankole cattles can live up to 30 years, relying on limited nutrients and water.
  4. Their honeycombed horns are connected to airways, this helps them regulate their body temperature much better.
  5. They’re highly disease and tick resistant, which makes them a robust and practical breed.
  6. They can survive and thrive on low quality forage.
Ankole cattles at Ramaphosa’s Ntaba Nyoni farm in Mpumalanga

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Today, Ramaphosa is the biggest Ankole farmer in Mzansi. In 2017, he had over 100 Ankole cattles at his Ntaba Nyoni farm in Mpumalanga, 4 years have passed since then, the number is probably higher now.