Alambadi Cattle (Bull/Cow) (Tamil:)
Alambadi Cattle – Breeding status: Conservation
Home or breeding tract: Alambadi cattle (cow/ bull) belongs to Dharmapuri, Salem and Erode districts of Tamil Nadu
Body: Alambadi bull is More massive and of larger built.
Body colour: These cattle are Dark Grey and Grey.
Markings over body: White markings can be spotted in the forehead, limb and tail of Alambadi breed cattle.
Ears: Small, pointed
Shoulder hump: Big and dark
Penis sheath flap: Very small
Horns: Extend in a backwards direction to end in sharp points.
Production traits: Alambadi Cow is Poor milkers as like most of the Indigenous cattle breeds.
Ability as draught purpose: Alambadi bullocks are active, hardy and subsist on scanty ration. They are not fast trotters but suitable for the heavy draught.
Anything else: They are bred in the hilly tract and reared mostly on forest grazing.
Exhibition of Alambadi cattle in Salem Apr’ 2015 (Video):
Video Source: News 7
The Imperial Council of Agricultural Research – 1941
PS: 1941B.C Published material regarding Alambadi breed by “Imperial Council of Agricultural Research”
These(Alambadi breed) cattle are bred in the hilly tracts of South Salem and North Coimbatore districts of Madras Province adjoining the Mysore State and are reared mostly on forest grazing. It is doubtful whether these animals should be considered as representing a pure breed or an offshoot of the Hallikar breed of Mysore.
The male stock is generally sold as yearlings at big fairs to ryots who rear and sell them as work cattle. They are very active and hardy animals and can live on scanty rations. They are in good demand for cart and mhote work and should be regarded as purely a draught breed. The cows are poor milkers.
The chief characteristics are :- The dark grey or black colouration of the bull and the grey and broken colours of the cows, the long narrow head with prominent bulging forehead and the long sweeping horns which backwards and upwards, a fair deep body with well-arched ribs, a well-developed hump and broad and thick dewlap, a tail of medium length and tapering to a black switch. In the south of the tract, the Bulls are os a loose build, with a large dewlap extending to the sheath. The sheath is rather pendulous and the hindquarters drooping. In the north, the bulls are more compact and active-looking and bear a closer resemblance to the Halikar. They have a smaller dewlap, and the sheath is not sp pendulous.
Year Published : 1941
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