When he reached the age of 6 1/2 years, he was already showing the traits that one looks for in a breeding bull. Therefore, we introduced him into the main breeding herd, which consisted of diverse genetics of both East African and Kruger cows. The thinking behind this was to take two very different genetic bloodlines and cross them in order to inject a level of vigor into the next generation of offspring.
The outcome was better than what we had hoped for. The Kenyan Bull has produced a consistently high percentage of quality progeny. Out just twenty bulls that he produced, they include a 53 3/8", 51 6/8", 51"+, 48 7/8", 47 5/8", 47 4/8", a several 46" and 45" as well.
One of the interesting things we learned from the Kenyan Bull was the manner in which his horns grew. When he was introduced into the breeding herd at the age of 6 years 10 months, the Roland Ward on his horns was 43 7/8" and with a very soft boss. When he was killed (at the age of 9 1/2 years) he measured 46 5/8". This showed us that he was a late maturer, and that significant horn growth can actually occur after introducing a bull into a group of breeding cows.
However, after breeding with him for three years, he was sadly killed by one of our other breeding bulls at the time.
The Kenyan Bull was imported from an Austrian zoo when he was 20 months old, and we purchased him at a Mike Englazakis Auction in 2005. According to Mike, the Austrian zoo that he originates from sourced their buffalo from Kenya.Thus, he is of a very unique East African genetic bloodline.
While it was devastating to have lost him, we know his legacy will live on through his magnificent progeny. We are excited at the prospect of what his progeny will produce when crossed with Leonidas and other future breeding bull progeny.