The Kenkatha cattle are a draught breed of cattle native to India. It originated in the Bundelkhand provinces in Uttar Pradesh state along the banks of river Ken and Vindhyas hilly range in Madhya Pradesh. Currently the breed is distributed in Lalitpur, Hamirpur, Chitrkoot and Banda districts of Uttar Pradesh state and Tikamgarh district of Madhya Pradesh state.
The Kenkatha cattle is also known as Kenwariya. They get their name from the River Ken, as they are bred along the banks of this small river. Read characteristics, uses, special notes about the breed and full profile below.
Kenkatha Cattle Characteristics
Kenkatha cattle are small sized animals with compact build body and they exhibit different shades of grey and black. They have short and broad head and a dished forehead. Both bulls and cows usually have horns. Their horns emerge from the outer angles of the poll in a markedly forward direction and terminate in sharp points. Their back is straight but the quarters are dropping.
Ears of the Kenkatha cattle are sharply pointed and do not droop. Their feet are hard and the limbs are short but powerful. Their sheath is somewhat pendulous and ends with a black tip, and the hump is well developed. They have moderately heavy dewlap. Their tail is of medium length with a black switch reaching below the hocks. Average body height of the animals at wither is about 103 cm. Photo and info from ansi.okstate.edu and Wikipedia.
The Kenkatha cattle are mainly used as a draught animal. But they are also pretty good for milk production for small family consumption.
Kenkatha cattle are small in size, but sturdy and powerful. They are mainly used for draught purposes and very popular for light draft on the road and for cultivation. And they are also known to have the ability to survive harsh environments and on poor quality forage. They are mainly raised and maintained in extensive management system. However, review full breed profile of the Kenkatha cattle in the following chart.
Kenkatha Cattle | Breed Profile
|Breed Purpose||Mainly draught, also milk|
|Special Notes||Active, very hardy, good for draught|
|Climate Tolerance||Native climates|
|Coat Color||Grey and black|
|Country/Place of Origin||India|