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5 top dual purpose dairy breeds – MkulimaTODAY.co.ke

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Dairy swiss
Also called braunvish it was breed in the hills and valleys of Switzerland.it developed over a long period of time and brought about by selection of the brown Swiss which was reared for milk, meat  and draft.
It produces an average of 18-20 liters per day while the brown Swiss produces 10-15 liters per day.
Dairy Swiss performs  well  in tropical weather conditions that are experienced in most places in Africa provided they are well taken care of.
Their skin color varies from fawn to brown. Color spoting can often be seen but undesirable.
It gives off calves that have a light skin but darken with age.Brown Swiss are heavily rugged and muscled and clearly luck on the refinement of  a dairy animal.
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Red Poll
Commonly found in Norfolk and Surfolk in the United Kingdom this breed luck horns and are deep red in color.
It is characterized by a long head, short limbs with a  heavy body.The live weight can be up to 556 kilograms and produces a daily average of 19 liters.
Pinzganer
This breed is an indigenous of Austria and  first got its way to Southern Africa as early as the 1900s.
Its difficult rearing in  harsh conditions  has made it adopt not only into a good farm work animal with ability to walk but also a high producer even in tough conditions.
It produces an average of 15-18 liters per day.Its colors varies  from light  red to very dark chest nut brown  with white stretches along the top and bottom of the brisket.
Dairy Simmental
It produces an average of 10-17 liters daily under good management is a hardy animal and often performs well under the African climatic conditions.
The color is either yellow and white or red and white.It has a refined dairy conformation unlike the beef Simmental that has more muscle and rectangular in conformation.It has  a well developed udder and is triangular in shape.
South Devon
This is one of the best dual purpose animals  with a live weight of 713 kilograms.
It has the ability to produce between 10-15 liters per day.
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