Other common names: Nadudana Cattle; Nadudana Zebu Cattle; Miniature Brahman Cattle; Dwarf Zebu; Zwergzebu
Zebu cattle are a type of humped cattle native to South Asia, particularly the Indian subcontinent. There are some 75 known breeds and varieties of Zebu Cattle. According to the International Miniature Zebu Association, "In Southern India, which is one of the principal cattle-raising districts of all India, there exists cattle known as "Nadudana" or small cattle. A few of these were imported in the 1920's for zoological gardens in the U.S.A.."
Appearance / health:
According to the International Miniature Zebu Association, "In describing the traits which constitute "standards" for the Miniature Zebu, we lean heavily on the standards which evolved during the development of this breed over the past 75 years here in the United States. Therefore, in general terms our standards are as follows:
* Head: Moderately long coffin-shaped skull, orbital arches not prominent, slightly convex in profile. Forehead prominent.
* Horns: Relatively short-horned (12") curving outwards and upwards, although down-swept is seen.
* Hump: Large in bulls, but not always highly developed in cows. Placed just ahead of, or directly above shoulders. Upright and firm.
* Legs and Feet: Medium length, well proportioned; strong and somewhat fine boned. Short fetlocks and hard small hooves with equal halves and small cleft.
* Color: Black, red, spotted or steel gray to almost pure white. In mature bulls the neck, shoulders, and hump may be nearly black.
* Size: Measured at withers, behind the hump and not to exceed 42" at three years of age. Mature cows should be 300 to 500 pounds; mature bulls from 400 to 600 pounds."
heat tolerant, tame, small parcel, great pets, small body size, low maintenance cattle
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Bodacious (my zebu boy)
Zebu's, zebu's, zebu's. What ever to say about zebu's?
Essentially, they are a miniature brahman cattle. They can be used for meat but are far more often bred as show animals - something that I have always found amusing. Then again, the idea of cow shows has always amused me, period.
I've only worked with a handful of them; three boys, one girl, and a longhorn/zebu cross that was about the funniest looking thing I've ever seen. Out of them all, my favorite was a gray boy named Bodacious.
Bo, as we called him for short, was a former show zebu. He knew how to walk on a lead and halter and was very friendly. Sweet feed was his favorite treat, and he would often try and chase the donkeys that he was kept with away from their bowls to get more!
As I said, he was a gray cow. From my experience, gray seems to be a very common color in zebu's - the only one that wasn't gray was the cross, who was black with white/gray splotches. All of our zebu's were dehorned except for Bo, but he was always very careful with them.
I think they would make a good beginner cow, personally. Friendly and easy to train, eager to please, and usually on the small side. They are, however, very intelligent - tricks will not work more than once or twice, so worming and ear tags can be a bit of an issue..
From paintedzipper May 29 2014 12:15PM
Mini Zebu - the worlds smallest cattle
I have owned and bred miniature zebu for about 8 years. We were looking for livestock that would be ideal for a small parcel of land with not much pasture, so we needed something that was easy to care for that required little space and little food. We discovered the miniature zebu, and they were the perfect fit. In fact, we enjoyed them so much that we bought more and started breeding them and selling them. They are the smallest natural breed of cattle in the world, and contrary to what most people think at first, they were not bred or shrunk down by breeders. The breed is more than 5000 years old and originates from India, and they have always been little. They are very smart and require little care. They are hardy and seldom have calving problems. They eat about 1/4 of what normal sized cattle eat. They average about 36 inches tall and weigh around 300 - 400 lbs when full grown, while the smallest on record is 26 inches tall at maturity. They are much easier to handle and contain than normal cattle, and they are perfect for families with kids that want livestock for pets or show. It seems like everyone who discovers them falls in love with them. Miniature zebu make great pets. There aren't many downsides to the breed except that they are not worth very much if you try to sell them for beef (just because they are small and don't have as much meat on them). The only other downside, if you call it a downside, is that they are generally smarter than most cattle breeds. This can make them hard to fool if you want to catch them for any reason. This intelligence also makes them more fun to own, as they can learn things and some owners even teach their zebu tricks..
From The Zebu Guru Feb 7 2011 9:50AM