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Know about Gir Breed

Published by: WeGopals Team
December 14, 2019


2000-6000 kg

Geographical Region:

Saurashtra, Gujarat


  • Among all the Indian breeds, this breed is highest producer of milk.
  • It is used for making hybrid variety not only in India, but also other countries like Brazil.
  • It got originated in Gir forests of South Kathiawar in Gujarat.
  • It's also found in Maharashtra, Baroda and adjacent Rajasthan.
  • The other names of this breed are “Bhodali”, “Desan”, “Gujarati”, “Kathiawari”, “Sorthi”, and “Surati”.
  • The breeding tract of the breed includes Junagadh, Bhavnagar, Amreli and Rajkot districts of Gujarat. It is named after the Gir forest, the geographical area of origin of the breed.


  • Basic colors of skin are white with dark red/chocolate-brown patches/sometimes black/purely red.
  • They have well shaped udder with large teats.
  • Horns are peculiarly curved, gives it that of a ‘half-moon’.
  • Huge forehead and a very long pendulous type of curled leaf-like ears are its uniqueness.


  • This breed is known for its disease resistance and hardiness.
  • Gir Cattle are reported to be the best beef-cattle of India.
  • The Bullocks are heavy powerful animals. They need to be well developed.
  • They are slow and lethargic in movement compared with some of the fast trotting cattle.
  • Bullocks of this breed are capable of dragging heavy loads on all kinds of soil. Be it sandy, black or rocky.
  • This particular breed is world- famous for its tolerance ability towards stressful conditions. Having faced scarcity for a number of years, it has the capacity for yielding more milk with less feeding. It is resistant to various tropical diseases.
  • Animals of this specific breed have been imported by countries like Brazil, USA, Venezuela and Mexico due to their special survival nature and they are being bred there successfully.
  • The animals are of red color.
  • Many animals have white spots.
  • Variants with different shades of red are also available.
  • The average weight of males is 544 kg. The females weigh 386 kg.


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