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Small But Mighty: Miniature Zebu Cattle

Miniature Zebu’s have been around for thousands of years, with their roots coming from off the coast of Southern India. Miniature Zebu’s are also native to Southeast Asia and Africa. With this climate the breed was able to develop a high tolerance to heat and insects. Their ability to do this is thanks to sweat glands and a highly active sub-dermal twitching muscle.

The heritage of the Miniature Zebu dates back to 3,000 B.C., where they were often used as draft animals or milking cows. Several Minatare Zebu cattle began to appear at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893. This appearance is considered the first time that the breed had arrived in the United States.

Miniature Zebu are the only naturally miniature breed of cattle. Contrary to popular belief, Miniature Zebu are not tiny Brahmans. Brahmans are crossbred up from bos indicus heritage to produce animals that are larger. It is common to believe that Miniature Zebu are small Brahmans as they resemble the breed closely, but with a few different physical characteristics such as their ears are erect versus pendulous, like the Brahman, and they sprout moderate sized horns.

Miniature Zebu’s are known for being intelligent, easy-to-handle, docile, social, and gentle creatures. They can harmoniously share a pasture with goats, dogs, ducks, chickens, sheep, and many other species. This breed can be easily handled by children and are suited for families with a small acreage.

The origin of Miniature Zebu allows them to be compatible with warm or hot weather. Miniature Zebu actually prefer the heat, but they can adapt to colder weather with shelter. Due to the immunizes, they require low maintenance because they are disease and parasite resistant. Fencing, housing, and equipment are not necessities for the Miniature Zebu breed as well. There are numerous reasons to raise Miniature Zebu cattle including agricultural expectations, being lawn mowers, pets, draft animals, and much more. From preschoolers to young adults, and families, everyone loves showing Miniature Zebu. With their unintimidating size and docile personalities Miniature Zebu are a hit with children looking for an agricultural project.

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Belgian Blue

History - As the name implies, Belgian Blue cattle originated in central and upper Belgium. During the second half of the 19th Century Shorthorn bulls were exported from the UK to Belgium to improve the native population which was primarily of the dairy type (red-pied and black-pied cattle). Some sources also cite the introduction of Charolais breeding throughout the 19th Century.

Whitebred Shorthorn

History - The Whitebred Shorthorns (often referred to as the White Shorthorn) exact history is not known, but what is known is that it originated in Northwest England and Southwest Scotland and aroused interest in the Border counties of the UK over 100 years ago when the breed was referred to as the Cumberland White.

Sukaregang, The Center of Leather Products in Garut West Java

Sukaregang The Center of Leather Products in Garut West Java
West Java in Indonesia has many fun and fascinating things to explore. Well, it is not only Bandung with its multiple tourist spots. You should also try to go to other towns like Garut whether for touring or even shopping. Garut is known as a home for some typical foods like Dodol Garut. Meanwhile, there is a center of leather jackets that is famous enough for its quality and friendly prices; Sukaregang.

This Festival is A Form of Citizen’s Love for Dairy Cows

A cow is just an animal used for many purposes but for people who live at Kecamatan Sendang, Kabupaten Tulungagung, East Java, cow has deep meaning and long history for them. In the mountain area located near Tulungagung, there is a place which is famous with the high quality milk in national scale. It is no wonder that cow is so special among them and there is a festival named Wuye which is created as the day celebration based on the Javanese calendar called “Weton” as the birth of the cow.

Miniature Belted Galloway Cow

HISTORY - The Belted Galloway (Belties) are a breed of cattle originating from Galloway on the west side of southern Scotland more than 300 years ago. The exact origin of the breed is unclear although it is usually accepted that the white belt that distinguishes these cattle from the native black Galloway cattle is a result of breeding with the Dutch Lakenvelder belted cattle.

Texas Longhorn

The Texas Longhorn was fashioned entirely by nature in North America. Stemming from ancestors that were the first cattle to set foot on American soil almost 500 years ago, it became the sound end product of "survival of the fittest". Shaped by a combination of natural selection and adaptation to the environment, the Texas Longhorn is the only cattle breed in America which - without aid from man - is truly adapted to America. In his book The Longhorns, J. Frank Dobie states this situation well:…