Harvey's Cattle, named after the settler farmer who collected the original Amabowe cattle that provided the foundation stock for the Tuli.
Large body size and good beef type conformation; mostly golden brown coat; about a quarter of the population is polled, and the rest have long and occasionally loose horns; high cow fertility and good mothering ability; low calf mortality; cows have been observed to breed until 15 years of age (Felius, 1995).
Mainly in southern Zimbabwe and neighbouring countries with commercial farmers; exported to Gabon, Australia, USA and Canada.
Tuli cattle are descendants of the Amabowe or Ngwato Sanga cattle of south-west of the present-day Zimbabwe, originally brought into southern Africa by migrating tribes around 700 AD. Following the rinderpest epidemic of 1896 and subsequent interbreeding, the original stock was nearly wiped out. In the 1940s the best of the remaining Amabowe cattle were collected in the Tuli area. Subsequently, a breeding program was set up at a station in Matabeleland where a systematic and sustained selection for beef characteristics, polledness and golden-brown colour was implemented. The product was the Tuli breed. The breed is now widespread in southern Africa and has been exported to Australia, USA and Canada. The breed society is strong and strict breed standards are followed (Rege and Tawah, 1999).