The Hallikar cattle are a Bos indicus breed of cows selected for draft purposes.
It’s native to the country of Karnataka, India. It is considered one of the draft cattle breeds in India.
The breed is increased by the households who have specialized in the creation of Hallikar draft animals.
Hallikar cattle breed information
Hallikar cattle are sized animals with moderate to moderate size and elevation of their human body.
They are white to gray in color and occasionally complexions.
There are irregular patches or white markers in their eyes, cheeks, or at the shoulder, the region is located.
Both bulls and cows have horns. Along with their horns are vertical, long, and backward bending.
Whereas the cows have relatively smallish humps than the bulls, the bulls have humps. Young breeding Hallikar bulls have color on hindquarters and shoulders.
Hallikar cattle benefits
Hallikar cows are employed as a draft animal. It’s considered one of the draft cattle breeds in India. The cows are typical milkers.
The Hallikar cattle are very hardy and active creatures. The bulls have been known for edurance and their durability and are used for draft purposes.
Together with draft purposes, the breed is also used for cart racing. A group of Hallikar oxen will pull a cart that is on rough streets trained at a speed of 40 km per day.
Professional breeders maintain control methods of these animals. They can do well if feed with green fodder chiefly contains pearl-millet, marijuana, sorghum, or finger-millet.
The cows are average milk producers and generally can produce about 550 liters of milk per lactation.
Milk of those Hallikar cows is made of excellent quality. Their milk on average contains about 5.7 percentage of fat content.
Presently the breed is more common at the traditional Hallikar belt of Mysore, Mandya, Hassan, and Tumkur districts of South Karnataka.
The Hallikar cattle is among the two breeds, combined with Amrit Mahal that has received the imperial patronage and attention from the erstwhile sultans and the princely state of Mysore during conservation and advancement.
The breed is said to have originated in the Amrit Mahal cows strain. The Department of Posts, Government of India has commemorated the Hallikar cows breed by releasing a postage stamp on its name in the year 2000 A.D.
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