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 of the twenty bulls he produced, three are 51" and over, two are over 47" and two are over 46". Out of the eleven females he produced who at the time of measuring ranged between 4 and 6 years old and had an average horn width of 31 1/2" with the widest being over 39 1/8".
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 died (the Kenyan Bull broke out of his camp and into the camp that Juggernaut was in, and thus got into a brutal and fatal fight with the larger bull).
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.