What Makes The Tuli Breed So Special...

The Tuli is a pure indigenous breed but classified as a Bos Taurus – Bos Taurus “africanus” by some.  DNA tests have linked them to cattle living in Africa as long ago as 2000 years. Over centuries in Africa nature has selected the hardiest animals. Tulis have a natural resistance to tick-borne diseases and parasites. Tulis are medium framed which give them a survival advantage under less than ideal conditions. They have very smooth coats in solid colours. These range through shades of white, yellow, light red, dark red, dagha and brown but no black. The lighter coloured Tulis are in demand because of their ability to withstand high temperatures - a big plus with the predicted global warming becoming more and more of a reality.

Tulis are very fertile, presently (2015-2016) classified as the most fertile indigenous breed in South Africa! The Tuli has, on average, the highest rib-eye to carcass ratio of all the Bos Taurus and Bos Indicus purebreds and crosses in research done over a number of years at Texas A&M University. They are able to thrive under extensive conditions in a variety of normal cattle habitats as well as the Karoo, Cape Fynbos and Eastern Cape coastal bush. The average weight for bull calves at birth is currently (2015-2016) 32.6 kg and heifers 3 I kg, which ensures trouble-free calving. The average weaning weight for bull calves is currently (2015-2016) 209 kg and heifers 194 kg. This makes them highly competitive especially regarding input costs.

The fact that Tulis are predominantly polled makes handling easier and reduces the cost of labour. They are by nature very docile. By using Tulis (a Bos Taurus variant) good hybrid vigour is achieved in crosses with both Bos Indicus and European Bos Taurus breeds. A three way cross between a Tuli and aforementioned breeds achieves a stable, persistent degree of hybrid vigour. This can be a great advantage for commercial farmers. Tulis and Tuli-cross calves excel on natural grazing as well as in feedlots. Douglas Beef feedlot recently did growth tests on various cattle breeds and the winner over a period of 113 days was a Tuli-Drakensberg cross with an ADG of 2.17kg. This result echoes results achieved at other feedlots.

Cross breed with Tuli