The Nimari cattle are a breed of domestic cattle which are native to the Nimar region of India. It is a draught breed and also good for milk production. It was developed from the Gir and Khillari cattle. Currently the breed is mostly found in the regions of Narmada valley in the state of Madhya Pradesh, and also found in the Jalgaon district in Maharashtra.
There is a strain of cattle in the Satpura ranges of Madhya Pradesh which is much smaller in size but very similar to the Nimari. Along with this, the Khamgaon strain found in Berar may be an offshoot of the Nimari cattle. Read more information about this Indian cattle breed below.
Nimari Cattle Characteristics
Nimari cattle are well-proportioned and compact in appearance. They are generally of red colored with large splashes of white on various parts of the body. Color of the Khamgaon strain is occasionally black or light red and white. And coloration in the Khamla strain is red with a violet tinge and white or yellow and white. The Nimari cattle have a moderately long head with a somewhat bulging forehead. Their head is alertly carried and it gives them a graceful appearance. Both bulls and cows usually have horns and their horns generally emerge in a backward direction from the outer angles of the poll (somewhat in the same manner as in the Gir cattle). The horns are also occasionally like the Khillaris in size and shape with copper color and pointed. They have moderately long and wide ears and their ears are not pendulous.
The muzzle of the Nimari cattle is either copper-colored or amber-colored. Their dewlap is moderately developed and the hump in the bulls is well-developed and apt to be hanging at times. Tail of the Nimari cattle is long and thin with a black switch reaching to the ground, and their limbs are straight and clean. The animals can stand rough wear on stony ground as they have strong hooves. The cows generally have well-developed udders and skin of the animals is fine and slightly loose. Info from ansi.okstate.edu and photo from Wikipedia.
The Nimari cattle are mainly used as a draught animals. The cows are also good milk producers and can be used for small family consumption.
Nimari cattle are known for the hardiness and agility. They are prized primarily for draught work. They are mainly used for agricultural operations and occasionally used in transportation. The animals can be aggressive in temperament sometimes. The cows are average milk producers and they can produce about 767 kg of milk per lactation. Their milk is of good quality and contain about 4.9 percent fat content. However, review full breed profile of the Nimari cattle in the chart below.
Nimari Cattle | Breed Profile
|Breed Purpose||Milk, draught|
|Special Notes||Strong, hardy, pretty good milkers, good quality milk|
|Climate Tolerance||All Climates|
|Coat Color||Generally of red colored with large splashes of white on various parts of the body|
|Country/Place of Origin||India|