Animal Breeding Group, NDDB
Red Sindhi is a reputed heat tolerant milch cattle breed originating from Sindh province of Pakistan. The breed is also known as “Malir”, “Red Karachi” and “Sindhi”. It is considered that breed is evolved from Las Bela cattle of Bela, Baluchistan. The breed is of distinct red colour and darker than Sahiwal. Red shades vary from dark red to dim yellow but most commonly, the animals are dark red. Occasionally small white patches are seen in dewlap and forehead. Horns are thick at the base and emerge laterally and curve upward. The Red Sindhi breed has a very high genetic potential for milk production and comparable with Sahiwal. In India, the animals of the breed are not available in field condition. The breed was used in many countries including USA, Australia, Philippines, Brazil and Sri Lanka for breed development. The milk yield of the cattle ranges from 1100 to 2600 kg per lactation with an average yield of 1840 kg per lactation. Fat percentage in the milk varies from 4 to 5.2% with an average of 4.5%.
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Compiled by Animal Breeding Group, NDDB from Information System on Animal Genetic Resources of India (AGRI-IS)- developed at National Bureau of Animal genetic Resources, Karnal, Hariana, India.