Hailing from the Bargur region of the Krishnagiri district and also the Bargur forest hills in Western Tamil Nadu, India, this is where the Bargur cattle breed gained its name.
A multi-purpose breed, the Bargur are used not only for dairy purposes but for their draught abilities also. The breed are exclusively raised by the Lingayats, Kannadad speaking natives of the Bargur region. They are usually reared on hilly terrains and are accustomed to living in inhospitable forest areas and hilled lands.
Known for their speed, endurance and ability to trott, this is why the Bargur has strived in it’s native lands. They are a sought-after breed due to their milk, which is thought locally to have medicinal properties. They are, however, mainly used for draught work in their local area. As of 2007, there were over 21,000 of the breed remaining in existence.
A medium-sized breed, the Bargur have a moderate and compact body.
In general, they are brown in colour with white patches of specks. They can be found, rarely however, completely white of in full brown colour. A horned breed, both males and females can be found with horns with a forward curve and a sharp tip (see pictures). They are probably best known for the oxen-like large hump on the top of their necks.
A breed which is widely know for their aggressive and fiery nature, due in part to the semi-wild nature of how they are reared. They are also a very strong and hardy breed, which helps them thrive in their local habitat.
As mentioned, they are primarily used in their native lands for draught purposes, though their milk is also sought-after and thought to have medicinal properties by some. Bargur cows can produce up to 1,300kgs of milk per lactation, though the average yield is 350kgs.
A fiery breed which also happens to be one of India’s strongest and quickest, the mighty Bargur.
Picture - bargurbull.com