What are exotic cattle breeds used for?

Dwarf zebus -
an exotic wild cattle breed with strong potential

Breed description

The dwarf zebus originally come from Sri Lanka and the Caucasus.
Typical of these small beef cattle is a delicate build, narrow heads with horizontally protruding ears and horns that should point upwards. Further typical features are a pronounced dewlap (fold of skin on the neck) and the hump in the resistance area, which is larger in bulls and smaller in cows.
The fur of the dwarf zebus is silky, shiny and comes in almost all colors, from white, red, brown, ocher, black to wonderful shades and different variations. The animals can be monochrome with eel line, brindle, piebald or spotted.

We are always fascinated by the strong "sense of family" and solidarity of the herd.
The births take place in the presence of the herd, undisturbed the cow gives birth to her calf under the watchful gaze of the other animals, which is immediately afterwards lovingly and carefully "welcomed" by all herd members, including the bull.

Even with the owners and keepers, a real "relationship of trust" soon arises if the animals are treated lovingly, but we would not advise strangers to enter a paddock with a herd of dwarf zebu.

Dwarf zebus are very frugal cattle, who are satisfied with (sometimes even older) grasses and herbs in summer and with hay, straw and water in winter.

Vaccinations and other drugs are not only completely superfluous for this breed, but an unnecessary interference with their natural, very strong immune system.
Deworming, once or twice a year for larger stocks, is very useful and therefore strongly recommended.
Their very dense fur and its natural layer of fat protect against tick and mite infestation and other vermin.

Due to their low weight (bulls up to approx. 400 kg, cows up to approx. 250 kg) and size (height at withers up to a maximum of 1.30 cm), dwarf zebus are often used in landscaping and pasture maintenance, because it is the only cattle breed that does this well as no damage caused by kicking.
Areas that do not provide enough fodder for dairy and beef cattle and are overgrown with weeds and bushes or meadows that have not been properly eaten by horses are gladly accepted and grazed by the dwarf zebu, thus preventing the areas from becoming overgrown.

What is it worth to breed dwarf zebus for?

We at the Falkenhof have set ourselves the goal of running a thoroughbred, clean herdbook breeding, to make the dwarf zebu public here in the eastern federal states of Germany and to draw attention to this interesting breed of cattle.

Uwe Böttger has been a member of the board of the Association of German Zebu Breeders (VDZ) since March 2014 and is therefore the direct contact for anyone interested in the work of the association in eastern Germany.

Since we are the herdbook breeders with the largest herd of this breed in Saxony, we try to find further breeders who are interested in this special breed of cattle and who would be willing to breed, whether herdbook or pure-bred without papers.

Dwarf zebus have a very finely structured, dark meat with a noble, almost game-like taste.
Connoisseurs and gourmets say the taste is a mixture of game and veal.
The dwarf zebu meat is very low in cholesterol and fat and therefore ideally suited for a health-conscious diet.