Mere

Synonyms: 
Bambara, Mandi (in Mali).
Subgroup: 
Taurine x zebu cross
Special Characteristics: 
Show variable phenotype (especially body size and coat colour) from parental breeds. Any sign of hump occurs on the neck (cervico-thoracic).
Main Location: 
Found in southern and western parts of Mali, northern parts of Cote d'Ivoire and south-western Burkina Faso. Also reported in Central African Republic.
Origin: 
A stabilized fixed cross of the Sudanese Fulani Zebu and the N'Dama in southwestern Mali and adjoining parts of Guinea, Cote d'Ivoire and Burkina Faso; body conformation is consistent but body size and coat colour vary according to location, those in the drier north have larger body size and lighter coat colour while those to the wetter south are smaller in body size and darker (brownish); any presence of a hump is cervico-thoracic (Epstein, 1971). [NOTE: Rege et al. (1994) have a different definition of Mere, only found in Burkina Faso and Cote d'Ivoire].
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