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Busa (also known as Busha, Bosnian, or Illyrian) cattle arerna small breed of cattle that belong to the shorthorn cattle group. They are foundrnthroughout southern parts of former Yugoslavia (Dinaric Alps), Bosnia, Croatia,rnMacedonia and Serbia. Some sources state that the breed has existed around the BalkanrnPeninsula since Neolithic times. Busa cattle from Croatia and Bosnia wererncrossed with an Austrian breed in the 19th Century. And this cross is largerrnthan the original Busa and it is exclusively grey. The Yugoslav army broughtrnBusa cattle from Serbia during the civil war in the 1990s, and those animalsrnwere all used for meat supply. Currently the Busa cattle and their cross breedsrnare widespread over the former Yugoslavia. They are mainly kept in Bosnia,rnKosovo, Macedonia, Herzegovina, Serbia and parts of Croatia like Lika andrnDalmatia and also in Montenegro.

Busa are small sized cattle with a compact body. They arernunicolored brown, although their color varies according to the regional strain.rnFor example the strain from the Macedonian strain is blue-grey, while thernstrain from Metohija region of Yugosalvia are red. And there are three strainsrnin Serbia which are black, grey, and red. Both bulls and cows usually havernsmall horns. The average body height of the bulls is about 120 cm at thernwithers, and about 115 cm for the cows. The mature bulls on average weightrnaround 450 kg. And average live body weight of the mature cows is around 300rnkg. The calves of the Busa cattle are relatively very small. Average birthrnweight of the calves is about 15 kg.

rnrnThey are a multi-purpose breed of cattle. They are used forrnboth milk and meat production, and also good for using as a draught animal.

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