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Krishna Valley, and others. Another group has been promoted
for use as milk producers and at the same time as draft animals.
Examples of this type are the Gyr and Sind. There is a third
classification: the breeds used for lighter duty and more speedy
movement, such as the Nellore breed, with longer legs and head.
An interesting anecdote illustrates the prowess of this last group.
Some years after Wellington had conquered the Rajah of India,
there was a crown ruler of that country known for his fast-step-
ping trotting horses. Every time the Englishman drove his horses
he would be smothered by the dust stirred up by "driving cattle"
used by the local rajah. The Englishman became so disgusted
that he sent to England for the fastest span of horses Great Britain
could produce. They arrived in great secrecy, and the pompous
crown ruler took his horses out for a short run, secretly hoping
that the "cow driver" would come along so that he could in turn
throw some dust in the "cow driver's" face. No sooner had he
"warmed up" his steeds than the span of Brahman speed cattle
appeared, hitched to the rajah's new gig. The magnificent im-
ported English horses challenged the cows, and much to the Eng-
lishman's disgust, the cows, in a short space, again threw dust in
his face-only one example of the diversity of Brahman cattle.'
All of the various types and breeds of Brahman cattle were
developed from the type of cattle of the general category Bos
indicus, while the English breeds of cattle, such as Shorthorn,
Hereford, and Angus, and the dairy breeds are of the class Bos
A number of articles have been written on the "sacred cow"
of India, but most of them are rather misleading. The general
concept is that all cattle in India are sacred, and consequently un-
touchable and undisturbed. As has already been stated, Brahmans
in India are used for milking and as draft animals. The "sacred
cow" belief dates back several hundred years, when India was
having one of her most severe famines. According to the sources,2
a Hindu priest noticed the slaughter and starvation of Brahman
cattle all over the land. Fearing their complete extinction, he
appealed to the rajahs "to send one bull and four cows" to be
'Brahman Breeder-Feeder, XII (January, 1946), 1, 2.
2Wilson Gresham, The Benefit of Brahman Cattle in the United States, Texas
A. & M. College Bulletin, May, 1947.
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