GIR – CATTLE BREED (BULL/COW)
Gir Cattle – Breeding status: Conservation
Home or breeding tract: Gir breed (cow/ bull) belongs to Amreli, Bhavnagar, Junagadh and Rajkot districts of Gujarat.
Other Names: Bhodali, Desan, Gujarati, Gyr, Kathiawari, Sorthi and Surti.
Gir cattle breed is one of the best milker among the other native breed from India, This breed is named after the Gir Forest geographical origin area of this breed.
Body: Gir bull is More massive and of larger built.
Body colour: These cattle are shiny red with white spots.
Skin: Their skin is soft, thin and glossy
Head/Forehead: They have a big head with prominent bulging sheild and a long face. The convex forehead of Gir cattle is the most unusual feature of this breed. Their convex forehead acts as a cooling radiator to the brain and pituitary gland.
Ears:Their ears are very long and are an excellent fly and insect swatter
Dewlap: Big and Thick
Shoulder hump: They have very large hump
Penis sheath flap: Thick
Horns: The horns of Gir cattle are set well back on their heads and thick at the base. Their horns grow downwards and backwards with an upward curve.
Production traits: Gir Cow is one of the best milkers, not as like most of the Indigenous cattle breeds.
Ability as draught purpose: They are fast trotters but suitable for the heavy draught.
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