Bale

Subgroup: 
Abyssinian Shorthorned Zebu
Special Characteristics: 
Coat colour is mainly black, chestnut, white and roan; horns are short to medium; hump is prominent; mainly used for draught.
Main Location: 
They are found in the high plateaux of the Bale zone, in areas adjacent to the habitat of the Jem-Jem.
Origin: 
The Small East African Zebu are believed to have descended from the recent introductions of zebu into Africa from Asia, and some may have ancestral linkages with cattle of the Large East African Zebu group. The breeds or strains that belong to the Abyssinian Shorthorned Zebu group have tribal and ecological origins, which do not necessarily imply genetic differences. Distinct from cattle of the large zebu of East Africa, the small Abyssinian Shorthorned Zebu inhabits the higher altitude, wetter agricultural areas, and hence they are also referred to as Ethiopian Highland Zebu. The Bale is one of this on the highlands of Bale in south-central Ethiopia (Rege and Tawah, 1999).
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