The Brahman was introduced to the South African beef cattle scene back in 1954 when eight males and ten females from Texas, USA, landed at Cape Town harbour. The Brahman breed in Southern Africa has changed the composition of commercial herds due to its versatile performance. The contribution Brahmans have made towards the South African stud and commercial industry can be described as remarkable, especially during the first three decades starting in 1960. The distinctive appearance of the Brahman during the subsequent decade sets them apart from any other traditional beef breed in South Africa. The hump on top of its shoulders, large pendulous ears, abundant folds of skin and distinctive colour have contributed towards the phenomenal growth being recorded.