In order to cater diverse requirment of clients’, we have been involved in offering Kankrej Cow. This cow is an Indian breed of zebuine cattle and originates from arid region of Rann of Kutch in the state of Gujarat. The unique characteristics like resistant to tick fever, heat stress, very little incidence of contagious abortion and tuberculosis made Kankrej a very popular one. It is a good milker and yield on an average 1738 kilo grams and a maximum of 1800 Kg of milk in a lactation. The forehead of this cow is broad and slightly dished in centre, while its face is short and nose slightly upturned. Color of this cow varies from silver grey to iron grey and steel black. Kankrej Cow is used for agricultural operations and road transport.
Features of Kankrej Cow
The Kankrej is on of the heaviest of the Indian breeds of cattle. Color varies from silver to gray to iron gray or steel black. Newly born calves have rust red-colored polls, this color disappearing within 6 to 9 months. Forequarters, hump and hindquarters are darker than the barrel, especially in males. The switch of the tail is black in color. The forehead is broad and slightly dished in the center. The face is short, and the nose looks slightly upturned. The strong lyre-shaped horns are covered with skin to a higher point than in other breeds. The ears are very characteristic, being large, pendulous and open.
The legs are particularly shapely and well-balanced and the feet small, round and durable. They are active and strong. The hump in the males is well-developed and not so firm as in some breeds. The dewlap is thin but pendulous and males have pendulous sheaths. Pigmentation of the skin is dark and the skin is slightly loose and of medium thickness. Hairs are soft ad short. The Kankrej cattle are very highly prized as fast, powerful draft cattle. They are also fair producers of milk. These cattle are resistant to Tick fever and they show very little incidence of contagious abortion and tuberculosis. It has also been observed that the red color is recessive.
Uses of Kankrej Cow
The Kankrej cattle are very hardy and active animals. They are very highly prized as a fast and powerful draft cattle breed. The breed is also raised as a dairy cow in India. Kankrej cattle is resistant to Tick fever and it shows very little incidence of contagious abortion and tuberculosis. It has also been observed that the red color is recessive. As a very hardy breed, the Kankrej bullocks are used for road transport and agricultural operations. The cows are good milkers. On an average, Kankrej cows yield about 1738 kg in a lactation period which ranges from 257-350 days. The average fat content in their milk is about 4.8 percent. The average age at first calving is about 39-56 months.