Distribution of Native Breeds of Gujarat | Gujarat Diary

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


Gir Junagadh, Bhavnagar, Amreli, Porbandar and Rajkot districts. Milch Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. Exported to Brazil, Mexico, USA and Venezuela.
Kankrej South-west Rann of Kachchh comprising Mehsana, Kachchh, Ahmedabad, Kheda, Sabarkantha and Banaskantha districts. Dual Western Rajasthan. Nomadic herds of this breed are also found in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.
Dangi The Dangs, Valsad, Panchmahals and Dahod districts. Sizeable numbers of this breed are also found in Nashik and Ahmednagar districts of Maharashtra. Draught Breed Parts of northern Maharashtra


Distribution of Gujarat’s Buffalo Breeds


Jaffarabadi Found in Junagadh, Amreli, Bhavnagar, Porbandar and Rajkot districts. Milch Bulls and herds of this breed have been introduced for breed improvement programmes in Maharashtra.
Mehsana Found in Mehsana, Patan, Banaskantha and Sabarkantha districts. Milch Northern Gujarat
Surti Found in Kheda, Anand, Vadodara, Bharuch and Surat districts. Milch In the border districts of Rajasthan.
Banni Found in Kachchh and Patan districts. Milch Kachchh