The Alambadi cattle breed are one which hails from India. They are mainly raised in the hilly regions of modern-dayrnTamil Nadu in the country.
A medium-sized breed, they come in colours varying from grey to dark grey to black. They usually have white markings on their forehead, as well as their tail and limbs. They have a narrow head, with horns usually having a backward curve. They also have a prominent hump and forehead, while their dewlap is also thick and visible.
Bulls at full maturity can reach up to 362kgs, while cows average in at 290kgs. The breed is mainly used for draught purposes in their homeland, and generally pull carts and ploughs. They are known to be bad milkers, meaning they are rarely used for their milk. They do produce high volumes of milk, though the quality leaves a lot to be desired.
The breed survives mainly on grazing in forest regions. It is not known where they truly originate, with some suggesting they are a descendant of the Hallikar breed of Mysore.
They are a very hardy breed, capable of surviving hot temperatures. Not only that, but so hardy is the Alambadi that they can survive almost any climate! They are also a rare breed, thought to be among the rarest in the world!