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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Tamilnadu cattle Breeds

 Dedicated to our primeval cowherd Palani Avinankudi Dandapani
My Bos indicus awareness lectures,Dr.Swamy's case which which won Jallikattu and Bos indicus as national animal:

 The Tamil speaking country consists of five socio - climatic - agricultural zones. The Sangam text Purananuru refers to this as the "five Tamil countries". Each country has its own breeds suited to the ecosystems and even micro ecology of the respective areas. All breeds thrive in local conditions and invariably deteriorate in alien environments.

Chera or Konga: 
North: The Nilagiris - Terakanambi - Talamalai - Biligiri rangan mountains - Perumbalai (northern mountain chain)

East: Yercaud - Kollimalai mountains - Mayanur madukkarai great wall - Sirumalai mountains

West: The Nilagiris - Vellingiri hills - Walayar - Anaiamalai mountains

South: Anaimalai mountains - Kodaikkanal mountains - Sirumalai mountains

Breeds of the Chera country:
1. Mee Konga (Mekattu madu or nowadays "Kangayam"  मी कोङ्ग, मॆकाट्टुमाडु, काङ्गयम, गङ्गनाड ): The Chera country is also called Konga country therefore referred in Tamil as "Konga" cattle and "Ganganad" in Kannada. There are 24 divisions in this country. The cattle from one of the divisions "Kangayanadu" are referred as the typical Kangayam cattle. Mae Konga cattle are bred in the modern taluks of Kangayam, Dharapuram, Tiruppur, Udumalpet, Avinasi, Palladam (all in Tiruppur dt.), Palani, Oddanchatram, Vedasandur, Dindigul (all in Dindigul dt.), Aravakurichchi, Karur (Karur dt.), Coimbatore, Mettupalayam, Sulur, Pollachi (all in Coimbatore dt.), Erode, Bhavani, Perundurai, Gobichettipalayam, Sathyamangalam (all in Erode dt.), the right bank side of the Kaveri in Mettur tk. in Salem dt., the panchayats of Mayanur, Balarajapuram, Manavasi, Renganathapuram in Krishnarayapuram tk. of Karur dt. summing up as the region to the west and south of the Kaveri until Mayanur. Bred by the Konga Vellala community. It is said to have come with the Konga Vellalas from the Gangetic (therefore Konga or Ganga) region in the pre - Sangam age. Official website of Palayakottai Pattagars:

                      A Mee Konga (Kangayam) bullock

2. Mazha Konga (Kikattu madu or "Tiruchengodu" मऴ कोङ्ग, कीकाट्टु, तिरुच्चेङ्गोडु): Found on the northern and eastern side of the Kaveri in the Taluks of Mecheri, Omalur, Nangavalli, Salem, Sankagiri, Attur, Gangavalli (all in Salem dt.) Rasipuram, Namakkal, Paramatti Velur, Tiruchendgode (all in Namakkal dt.), Kattuputtur (Tiruchirapppalli dt.) and parts of Dharmapuri dt. Bred by the Konga Vellala community. It is said to have come with the Konga Vellalas from the Gangetic (therefore Konga or Ganga) region in the pre - Sangam age. A smaller sized cousin of the Mee Konga breed yet a better milch variety. Bred by the Konga Vellala community. It is said to have come with the Konga Vellalas from the Gangetic (therefore Konga or Ganga) region in the pre - Sangam age. Has reduced greatly in numbers due to illegal smuggling encouraged by the government with slaughter houses and AI with Kangayam bulls. Official website of Palayakottai Pattagars:

Mazha Konga (Salem or Tiruchengodu) cows

Description in 'Livestock of South India':

3.  Semmarai (Semmarai, Malayan mor "Bargur" सेम्मरै, मलैयन, बर्गूर): This is found in the mountainous regions of the Bhavani tk. in Erode dt. Has mixed red and white patterns. It has a white coloured cousin in the adjoining western hills. Resembles the Purnaia cattle (Amrut mahal - Hallikar corpus). Trotting variety firey in disposition. Bred by the Lingayat community of the mountainous forests. Linked intricately with them.

                        A Semmarai (Bargur) bull

4. Palamalai (पालमलाई): Bred in the Palamalai hills in the Mettur taluk of the Salem district and adjoining Anthiyur taluk of Erode dt.. Bred by the Malayala Goundans (Native hillsmen) in the hills and some Kongu Vellalans around. Nearly extinct. Confused with Alambadis and Bargurs, they are black in colour with white patterns.

                                                                   A Palamalai bullock

5. Alambadi (आलाम्बाडि): Bred in the hilly forest areas of the upper Kaveri basin Mettur (Salem dt.) Pennagaram, Dharmapuri (both in Dharmapuri dt.) Kollegal, Bangalore rural (both in Karnataka state). Trotting variety known for endurance. Bred by Konga Vellalas, Lingayats, Vanniyars and Vokkaligas of the region.


 An Alambadi bull

The black individuals are Alambadi cows

6. Kollimalai - Seravaroyan hill cattle:
Looks like a stunted pygmy version of Konga (Kangayam). Well suited for the tropical evergreen vegetation and malarial life in the Kolli - Yercaud - Pachamalai - Kalvarayan mountain corpus.  Reared by the native Malayali tribesmen.

A large Kolli bully boy wishing us adieu!

Chola country:

North: North Vellar
East: Bay of Bengal
West: the Mayanur Madukkarai great wall
South: South Vellar

Breeds of the Chola country:

7. Vadakarai (Soliya Vadakarai, चोलिया वडकरै): Rounded shaped short variety with small horns. Bred by Choliya Vellalas, Mutturajas and Vanniars of the region. Found in Trichy North Dt (including Srirangam), Perambalur and Ariyalur Dts.

  Mottai (Perambalur) herd



8. Konadan ("Manapparai" कॊनाडन, मणप्पारै): Found in the modern taluks of Krishnarayapuram, Kulittalai (both in Karur dt.), Manapparai, Trichy and Tovarankurichchi (all in Trichy dt.), Bred by the Choliya Vellalas of the region and intricately linked with their lifestyle.

            Konadan (Manapparai) cows at work 

9. Mottai cattle (Tanjore polled cattle or "Umbalachery" तञ्जावूर मोट्टै, उम्बलच्चॆरि): Polled horns and firebranded feet mark the cattle. Best suited for the Kaveri delta alluvium. Found in Thanjavur, Tiruvarur and Nagapatnam dts. Choliya Vellalas, Choliya Brahmans and Tanjore Kallars are big breeders.
         Mottai (Umbalachery) stud bull


Pandya country:
North: Kodaikkanal mountains - Sirumalai - Piranmalai - North Vellar
East: Sethu (Adam's bridge) and the Bay of Bengal
West: Peruvali - Westen ghats - Dindigul - Karaikkadu
South: Kanyakumari (Cape Comorin) and the Indian Ocean

Breeds of the Pandya country:
10. Irucchali (इरुच्चाळि): Found as herds in the Sivaganga dt. and southern Pudukkottai dt. Nearly extinct.

                             Irucchali herd

11. Jallikattu (Pulikulam or Jellicut पुलिक्कुळम, जल्लिक्कट्टु): Previously found all over Nilakkottai, Nattam (both in Dindigul dt.), Madurai, Teni, Sivagangai and Ramanathapuram dts. now to be found mainly in the Cumbum valley of Teni dt. Used for bull baiting and draught. Predominantly bred by the Konar  communit and part of  its lifestyle. Endangered.
Pulikulam Cattle herd


  Jallikattu (Pulikulam) stud bulls

Jallikattu (Pulikulam) calves

12. Thambiran madu (तम्बिरान माडु, दॆवरु आवु): Bred by Kannada speaking Kappiliya Gounders of the Teni dt. Called by them "Devaru Avu". All names meaning the "sacred herd". Intricately linked with the community.

13. Tenpandi (Tirunelveli तेन्पाण्डि, तिरुनेल्वॆलि): Found in the Virudhunagar, Tirunelveli and Thoothukudi districts. Well suited to the area. Bred by the Idayans (Konars),Nadars and Mukkulathors.

 Tenpandi herd

14. Tirunelveli hill breed cattle (तिरुनेल्वॆलि पहाडी गॊ):  They  were grown along the eastern slopes of western ghats in Ancient pandya country. They are used by the local Organic farmers.

Dravida or Tondai country: 

North: Tirupati hills - Suvarnamukhi river
East: Bay of Bengal
West: Mountains west of Krishnagiri
South: Thoppur ghats - South Pennar

Breeds of the Dravida country:

15. Tondainadu (Tiruvannamalai तिरुवण्णामलै,  तोण्डैनाडु): Found in Chittoor (A.P), Velur, Tiruvannamalai, Chengalpattu, Chennai, Vizhuppuram (all in T.N). Has Red, White, Black and mixed colours. Reared by Todai mandala Vellalas and Vanniars.

                Tondai (Tiruvannamalai)

Ramana Maharishi's favourite cow - Lakshmi

16. Turinjithalai (तुरिञ्जित्तऴै): Drought resistant variety. Eats only  Albizia amara (Telugu: Thurinji, Tamil: Arappu, Unjal, Usilai, Hindi: Ailaa) leaves and bark. Reared by Telugu Golla herder community. Less than 100 remain.

               Thurinjithalai cattle

17. Punganur (पुङ्गनूर): A miniature variety yet a good milker. Found in the Chitoor dt.


Pungaur bull and cow

        Punganur stud bull


North: South Pennar
East: Bay of Bengal
West: Yercaud - Kollimalai range
South: North Vellar

Breeds of the Nadu country:

18. Nattan (नाट्टान): Resembles the Perambalur mottai breed.

 Many more breeds have gone non-descript due to the government system. The government also tries to mongrelise native breeds by crossing other native and alien species for making quick bucks through its infamous 'milk societies'.  More to come.
To contact the Author of the article:
PonDheepankar K 
Kongadesa Charitra Kalachara Kendram, Erode.
Contact: 91- 424 - 2274700 for suggestions and information.


  1. It is very informative write up. It encourages me to ask more about Punganur breeding bull. I stay in Secunderabad and own a young Punganur cow. I am however facing lot of problem in getting a good breeding bull of the same breed. Can anybody help me out?

    1. Hi TulasiKrishna, I live in Hyderabad trying to get Punganur Cow and Bull. Please let me know so that i would like purchase it.
      please email me your contact or email id please. Mine is

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  2. Thank you so much for the info,planning to get Indian cattles for my farm in the future.

    Saravanan, Malaysia

    1. Dear saravanan,

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  3. very nice page im from teni dist i recollected the breeds i watched during childhood:)

  4. Never realised there were / are so many native breeds of cattle within TN.
    Great work.

  5. Tulasikrishna

    Go to Palamner farm and get a few semen samples showing ur cows fotos....hope this'll work

  6. Dear sir, I'm studying Doctor of Veterinary Medicine(DVM) n I've completed agri sc too. I have an obsession towards cows and I would love to work at farms in india for free. I just wanna gain as much experience as possible. I dont mind woking under whatever condition and i dont expect anthing in return except knowledge.:)If you could suggest a proper dairy farm for me to do some volunteering work together with the guidance of a vet in the famr, it would be really helpful. I have working experience with Dairy Australia too.

    DMy contact id would be email:

    Kind Regards,

  7. Great effort Sir and our salutations please continue the work so that many will turn towards farming soon.

  8. Sir,
    Can you tell me about Karam pasu???and where can get pure breed of that???

  9. Sir,
    can you tell me about karam pasu and where can get pure breed???

  10. Holstein Friesian cattle--what is tamil name for this

  11. Sir
    i need karm pasu so where avaliable

  12. Indian cows and Bull have no comparison, and just because these foreign breeds give a little extra milk, we should not keep them.
    The quality of Indian cow milk is the best in the world with numerous benefits. Foreign cow milk is one cause of CANCER. So just dont go by money and save our Native Indian COW BREEDS, encourage other people also to do the same. Its best thing u can do to mankind.

  13. Indian cows and Bull have no comparison, and just because these foreign breeds give a little extra milk, we should not keep them.
    The quality of Indian cow milk is the best in the world with numerous benefits. Foreign cow milk is one cause of CANCER. So just dont go by money and save our Native Indian COW BREEDS, encourage other people also to do the same. Its best thing u can do to mankind.

  14. Thank you for sharing lots of information. Please send more info & your address on

  15. I'm very much interested to know about Indian Domestic Cattle breeds.Thanks for yours valuable informations.Congrats....

  16. Namaste. Great work by you and the team. Right information is the basis to make right decisions. We've to bring in more and more right information about our cows and awareness to be spread. One thing i find not there in the websites which work for protection is that there is no facilitation of the buyer and seller of the cows. The sites generate interest but fail to fulfill those interests. You should become a conduit. It'll become a movement only when more general public participate and raise the cows in their backyard. Please find a way to be a facilitator. Congratulations and thanks a lot for your efforts. May God bless.

  17. I loved the article and more than that the commenst from Shanmugam and Kailash Sharma... We said :D loved ya.... :)

  18. Very useful information. I would like to know whether all the different breeds of cows mentioned in your blog are currently available or not. If they are extinct, can you mention that as well.

    I am preparing a comparison of Desi cows Milk Yield. I would like to include all the native cows in that data. This way, people can decide on the breed to have.

    Padmanabhan Ganesan

  19. Great work Great efforts very much appreciable

  20. very useful information which helps us to learn and start cattle farms

  21. I am a veterinarian, native of Kanchipuram. your work is very much appreciable. I had some photos and videos of tondai breeds shall i post here

  22. I had photos of tondai breeds your work very much appreciable

  23. Thanks for u works,, i am just spreading ur message through FB.,..

  24. nice informative post would you post more about
    dairy farming ????
    cows are gods for us... we adore them and love them.... can you please mention all the other breeds of cows available in india too?
    there is no such article in wikipedia also......
    i hear that there are stronger and larger breed of cows in himachal pradesh and benaras...
    please do some research and share those information about the breeds of cows that are available in other countries too.

  25. Nice article. keep sharing!!!
    visit my website too for agricultural related information

  26. this is a very informative article. and i am agree with kailash sharma's comment, The quality of Indian cow milk is best milk in India. Start having Indian breed cows milk and stay healthy.

  27. My bulls kombu one side broken during fight with other bulls, any artificial kombu available plse, give the details

  28. well said , kailash Sharma.. pls save indian breeds, dont encourage foregin breeds , its milk leads to cancer....

  29. It is such a pretty useful stuff on net. When my father was in his teens, there were cattles in our home. But now, we dont have one.. Trying to get few.. could you please let us know about possibility of supporting cattle herders, like owning them partly (as the older way), around Salem..???

    Kindly leave your valuable comments as reply pls...

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  30. Thank you very very much,,,,,,

  31. Let us preserve all these Native breeds so that it doesn't become extinct. Thanks for bringing this blog.Similarly all Native breeds of every Indian Republic states must be prepared and published.

  32. Good post.Thank you.It's not too late to start preserving our native cattle breeds.

  33. Hi My Name is Yuvaraj and my native is Murali Village near Anthiyur town, TN but live in US. Just wanted to share some of the info that our breed mayalai kalai and some of the other breeds of cow, I could see those in Gentry Zoo, Arkansa, US. Since I was surprised to see those breeds of Cows in US & not in Tamil Nadu Farms now days. Just keep good work going.

    Much respected on your intiatives.


  34. great work sir......because of this notes atleast i could able to know the breeds of our land.......definitely tis will be useful in my future farming .....

  35. I register my sincere appreciation for your efforts in writing such an informative article on our indigenous cow breeds. Our people should give importance to preserve our age old animal breeds.

  36. A wonderful effort by the author to reveal very useful information to all about our indigenous cow breeds. My sincere appreciation to you sir.

  37. The blog is very informative and I like to know which breed cow suites for forming in thiruvanamalai dr pls help me out 9940157740

  38. hI,

  39. Sir, I am from chennai. could you say which breed of cow is best for my place and also the place where i can buy the calf. you can also sms me in 9444202928. please help me out.
    B. Naveen Raja.

  40. A big salute to u
    Arumai arumai arumai

  41. Hi, Its a great error to recover Nattu Pasu. Really proud of to protect nattu madu. I am interested to buy nattu madu. If any one having nattu maadu please give me a call. :-)
    Mobile: 8050699959.

  42. Very thanks all sharing this info. Mikka Nandri. :-)
    Nattu mattenai valarpom. Nooi illa valvom. :-)

  43. Good efforts and really appreciable work. I my area people still raise indigenous cow breeds for milk. They produce A2 milk which is good for health. Check this video of native cows in my home town.

  44. Sir,
    Greetings of the day to you. Your contribution to this society is awful. I hope it will create a good awareness amongst the cow lovers. I am interested in promoting the native breeds and will soon contact your for your expert advice. My salutations to you..

    Thanks and Regards.

  45. dhamu said
    super sir,the history and which you the photos are awesome good job

  46. Your blog explaining all the main points very awesomely. Thanks for sharing this knowledgeable post a1 apartments

  47. Sir,
    I find dwarf cattle in Rameswaram island, that manage to drink slightly saline water. What kind are they?

  48. Well researched article.. Thanks. I don't know if we can get this much information in "One go"

  49. Very useful information. Thank you.

  50. வாழ்த்துக்கள். ஒரு யோசனை: தமிழக மாட்டினங்கள் என்ற பெயர் பொருத்தமாக இருக்கும்; தமிழக மாட்டினங்களின் பெயர் ஹிந்தி எழுத்துக்களில் கூட உள்ளன ஆனால் தமிழ் எழுத்துக்களில் இல்லை. இருந்தால் சரியான் உச்சரிப்புடன் வாசிக்க எளிதாக இருக்கும்.

  51. Ivatrodu andraadam puzhangi vandha naam , indru ivatrai inayathil matumae kaangira nilai!!!
    Yeninum umadhu murchikku paaratukkal nanbaa....Vaazhthukkal.

  52. Hey can you help me as to where in madurai can I get A2 desi cow Milk products.... any shop or institution

  53. Great effort sir,
    Really I say thanks to you to find variety cow's

    All the best

  54. we have to take care of India Bull and cow.We must me very much sure about the milk of foreign cow.the foreign cow breed are getting mixed at india.
    we have to stop.this lead cancer,sugar lever increase in our human body.

    there are lot of unwanted elements banning the cow and bull generation in India . we must be alert on this .

  55. Mudharkan'en arivirku vithittadarku nandri-
    The hottest thing happening in india/the PETA vs Tamil people only about jallikattu is so unfortunate.
    Your compilation of native breed should help stopping the spread of a2milk of foreign origin.
    It is already proved that all Indian breeds of cow produce only a2 milk
    No need to export Indian bulls to Brazil so they can help their native cows produce a2 milk.

  56. Great job! It's is remarkable work this blogger deserves a mammoth appreciation.

  57. very nice article. nam nattu kaalai, pasukal ennikai athiga padutha nam blue cross thunai puriyatha. nattu kalai inaththai azhiyamal pathukakka arasiyal sattam kondu vara mudiyatha!!!

  58. Hi all,

    i am interesed to work in diary farm without any salary. currently i am working in IT industry chennai weekends i will have time to work. my thing is to know about our tamilnadu breeds and start a diary farm to supply only our cow milks.
    please help me ..if anyone knows the info.

    i searched so many diary farm training around chennai, now the MCC college also stopped the training

    -Sabarish TM.

  59. I landed up in this page when exploring on Local breeds of Ox after Jallikatu Protest.
    Great work with picture and details of the Cows. Never knew there were so many variety of cows.

  60. am very much happy to see the detailed documentation with the images of our Native Breeds. i have shared my few info about Jallikattu aka Manju Virattu on Dravidian

    Kind Regards

  61. Its really interesting to know about our native breed types.. Good work..thanks a lot for the info. Congrats.

  62. Wasn't aware there are so many breeds in Tamil Nadu. Good job of posting them here.

  63. அருமையான பதிவு🙏

  64. அருமை..அறிய புகைப்படங்கள் ....என்னை வியாபித்தது

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  67. Very useful information. I plan to start a dairy with only indian breeds in Mysore. Any suggestion which breed is well suited for this region?

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  69. Pranams to sriman PonDheepankar k & fellow bloggers, I am really thrilled to see this blog and information shared, I would like to start desi (natu) gosala in & around vizag for betterment of our health, pl join hands with me.

  70. Thanks for the blog members, too good info

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