North Somali Zebu
Somali Shorthorned Zebu
The western strain is variable in size and colour, roan and spotted being quite common; they have a small hump and lyre-shaped horns. The eastern strains are less variable in morphology and are spread in small, isolated pockets.
Found in north Somalia from the Borama Hargesia area of the north-west province of Somalia bordering Jijiga on the Ethiopian border (the western strain) to the Burao area on the eastern side of north-east province of Somalia (the eastern strain).
Cattle of the Somali Shorthorned Zebu group are believed to have descended from the recent introductions of zebu into Africa from Asia, including the Arabian Peninsula (Rege and Tawah, 1999).