Published on Monday, March 6, 2017
The Genetic Literacy Program reports:
Panthera’s idea is to replace panicky Zebu breed of cattle raised by many of the local ranchers, a with cattle breed that stand their ground, or to interbreed the two. Esteban Payán, who directs Panthera’s operations in northern South America, chose San Martineros, a little-known subspecies of Criollo cattle descended from Spanish fighting bulls. Few jaguars dare to challenge a massed group of 500kg (1,100-pound) San Martineros, their horns leveled. Although docile with humans, these cattle are fierce defenders of territory and their young.
The breeding program appears to have some potential although not many local ranchers have bought in just yet. No jaguars have attacked cattle on Las Pampas, 4,000-hectare ranch that uses the San Martineros cattle, since the program began, he says. Zebu-only ranches in the area suffer a dozen attacks a year.
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Source: The Genetic Literacy Program and the Economist
Author: Jami Howell
Categories: What the Hay?!
Tags: cattle breeding , jaguar