The story of our horn begins with a little girl.

Growing up in Uganda, Olivia spent much of her time on her father’s ranch, where the beautiful expanse of savannah was populated by their long horned cows alongside buffalo, zebra, leaopards and lions. Here, he quizzed her on the names of his thousands of Ankole, each of which he knew by heart. He told her tales of his ancestors, the ancient rulers of the Buhweju kingdom, and used their stories to teach her profound life lessons, immersed in a culture centered around a love of people and animals.

As approaches to ranching in Africa have shifted, many farmers in Olivia’s tribe have begun to crossbreed with higher milk yielding breeds to generate increased short-term income. This practice is shrinking the Ankole population, and wiping out the cultural norms of the nomadic tribes whose histories are bound with their cattle.

Through creating new markets for Ankole horn, we are improving the economic value of this culturally significant breed — providing incentive for Ugandan ranchers to continue their ancient practice of raising the Ankole.
“As a child I remember wandering around our ranch without even noticing the beauty I see now as an adult. What I was always aware of, however, was how central our cows were, not just to my culture—but to my being.”