Over the past six years, demand for Ankole cattle in SA has risen steadily and breeders have been paying eye-watering prices for top bulls and cows.
They are particularly popular among game breeders, who buy them as a tourist attraction and for hunting.
In his coffee table book, Cattle of the Ages, Ramaphosa said his love of the cows runs deep and was to fulfil his father’s legacy and instil a new pride for South Africans in these remarkable cattle.
“They each had long, white, beautiful horns glinting in the African sun, and I suddenly became fixated and couldn’t stop looking at them. I was intrigued and in awe and fell in love with these creatures immediately,” said Ramaphosa.