Overall India has a total 137 breeds of domesticated animals, of which about 18 breeds, including some internationally recognised ones, are available in Gujarat. The State has high-quality, high-yielding breeds of cattle and buffaloes. The Gir and Kankrej breeds of cows and Jaffarabadi, Mehsana, and Surti breeds of buffaloes are well known for their high milk-yield capacity and constitute a valuable genetic resource. With the recognition of the Banni breed by the National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources (NBAGR), Gujarat is now proud home to four major buffalo breeds of the total 12 recognised breeds in India.
Distribution of Gujarat’s Cattle Breeds
Distribution of Gujarat’s Buffalo Breeds