We will try to fully document every step of developing MAGIC along the way. Starting off with our cross-bred herd that was
described earlier, Gir and “C.A. Sansão” will increase their influence in the herd´s genetics from year to year.
If you are interested in numbers and statistics and more details about MAGIC development please click on links below:
Breed Composition: 2010 , 2011 , 2012 , 2013 , 2014 , 2015 , 2016
List of Top 20 Sires: 2010 , 2011 , 2012 , 2013 , 2014 , 2015 , 2016
Above buttons will explain how the idea to create the MAGIC breed was born, explain our selection criteria together with
an easy to implement performance test for first calf heifers and our three steps system of breed creation, first in
theory and then illustrated with many pictures and all our experiences. As we are just only starting our MAGIC breeding
program, some pages are still under construction, please excuse the inconvenience.
3 Steps Guide to the MAGIC Breed Development:
After searching for over 20 years for the best suited breed as main component for our breeding program I came across Gir
cattle purely by chance. As a Bos Indicus breed and being totally unrelated to any other cattle breeds found in Africa they
are the perfect choice to fully exploit hybrid vigour. “C.A. Sansão” the breeds leading and probably most expensive sire in
the world (presently about 200€ per dose standard semen and almost 3.500€ per dose for sexed semen!) was the obvious
choice. In the year 2010 the idea was born to start breeding MAGIC, 2010 is the dawn for this new breed.
We will have many years to go, many hurdles to jump and many prejudices to overcome. The greatest of all hurdles will
obviously be the very limited size of our herd, but hopefully soon some more enthusiastic farmers can be found to follow
suit and join in our breeding effort.
MAGIC is just only starting and formulating breed standards is ages away but having 25% to 50% Gir genetics is
compulsory. “A good cow has no colour” and this should well be true for MAGIC, too, but black should be avoided nonetheless
as this is the colour most prone to heat stress and tse-tse-fly attack.
Our first MAGIC50 calves were born in August 2011 and some are pictured on this page. They are the most vigorous,
fastest growing and most beautiful looking lot of calves we have ever raised, and I can´t wait to see them grow up!
Makitosha Gir Cross