The Brahman cattle is a breed of Zebu cattle that was initially bred in the United States from cattle breeds imported from India. They were cross-bred between breeds of Gujarat, Ongole, Gir as well as Krishna Valley. The Brahman breed is very well known for meat processing and is especially famous in places such as Argentina, Brazil and Australia among other places.
Breeding And Uses
The Brahman is mainly used for breeding and meat. It has also been used to develop other U.S breeds such as Brangus, Beefmaster and Simbrah.
They are known for their extreme heat tolerance. They are also resistant to insects due to their thick skin. More often than not, the Brahman cattle live longer compared to other types of breed, often producing calves at ages 15 or older.
In Oman and Fujairah, the Brahman are also used in the traditional sport of bull-butting. In this sport, two bulls will engage in rounds of headbutts. The first who collapse will be deemed the loser. Brahman bulls bred for this purpose are often kept on special diet in order to gain superior strength.
Size. The Brahmans are medium in size among beef breeds in United States. They generally weigh around 1,600 to 2,000 pounds while the cows weight around 1,000 to 1,400 pounds. Calves on the other hand weigh around 60 to 65 pounds at birth.
Disposition. Brahmans are intelligent, inquisitive and shy animals. They enjoy affection and can be docile. They are also easily handled
Colours. They vary from very light grey or red to almost black. The general colour of the breed is medium to light green. Mature bulls are usually darker compared to cows.
Heat Tolerance. The Brahmans are able to thrive at extreme climates. They have good heat tolerance and are also able to withstand cold weathers.
Brahman is a beef that is most commonly used in USA, South America and Australia.
They have very distinctive and muscular appearance with a prominent lump over their shoulders and neck.
Brahmans have horns that curve upwards and slightly towards their rear.
They are resistant to parasites as they have thick skin and their sweat odour also acts as a repellent.
They have high libido.
The Brahman cattle grow very quickly and finish early for good beef production. Their carcasses have low fat as well as high muscle content.