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Sahiwal Cattle

Habitat:
Sahiwal cattle lives in parts of districts Sahiwal, Okara, Pakpattan, Multan, and Faisalabad in Punjab. The breed is named after Sahiwal district, which is part of its hometract.

Physical Characteristics:

  • This breed is medium-sized, and has a fleshy body.

  • Females have reddish dun colour; males may have a darker colour around the orbit, neck, and hindquarters.

  • Males have stumpy horns; females are often dehorned.

  • Ears are medium-sized and drooping.

  • Skin is loose and fine with a voluminous dewlap and sheath.

  • The hump in the male is massive, but in the female it is nominal.

  • The tail ends in a black switch.


 
  • The udder is large and strong and occasionally has white patches.

  • This is tick resistant breed because its skin naturally keeps on shivering  

  • Milk yield is 1500-2200 litres per lactation with a fat content of 4.5 %.

  • Adult males weigh 400-500 kg, while females weigh 300 to 350 kg. Males having body weight of more than 1000 kg have also been documented.

  • Average lactation length is 235 days

  • Age at first calving is 45 months

  • Service period is 155 days

  • Dry period is 205 days

  • Calving interval is 440 days

  • Gestation period is 285 days

  • Sahiwals are in great demand in several Asian and African countries. They have also been exported to Australia.

 sahiwal male - Red gold of Pakistan sahiwal cow - Red gold of Pakistan

 

Sahiwal Male

 

Sahiwal Female

 
 
 

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