Brahman Cattle (Bos indicus) are a medium-sized breed of Zebu cattle. They are ungulate (hoofed) bovine mammals. For domestic use, they are livestock for dairy products, such as milk, cream, cheese and butter. They are also called Humped Cattle.
The Brahman is a distinctive-looking cattle breed with large upward-curved horns. It has a large hump over its shoulder and neck, very large ears, and loose skin (called dewlap) around its throat and underbelly. It is varied in colour, from light grey to sandy-coloured or creamy-white. Its short fur is thicker in winter.
Brahman Cattle are native to India. They can be found in tropical humid areas, as well as dry areas.
They are grazers, eating grass. They are ruminants, which means that they have one stomach with four compartments that enable them to eat only grass. They can regurgitate their food, known as cud.
The male is called a bull, a female is called a cow, and a baby is called a calf. The female is pregnant for about 9 months, before giving birth to once calf.
The breed lives, on average, for about 25 years.
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