Mewati cattle are similar in type to Hariana,
but show definite evidence of Gir
blood. Native habitants of Rath and Nagori cattle being adjacent to
Mewat, these two breeds may also have contributed to the formation of
Mewati cattle are usually white in color with
neck, shoulders and quarters of a darker shade. Occasionally,
individual beasts have Gir coloration. The face is long and narrow with
the forehead slightly bulging.
Horns emerge from the outer angles of the poll
and are inclined to turn backwards at the points. Eyes are prominent
and surrounded by a very dark rim.
The muzzle is wide and square and the upper lip
thick and overhanging, giving the upper part of the nose a contracted
appearance. The muzzle is pitch black in color. The ears are pendulous
but not so long.
The neck and the whole frame is strong but the limbs are light. The
legs are relatively long and the frame of the body gives an impressions
of being loosely built. The chest is deep but the ribs are flat.
The head and neck show an upright carriage.
The dewlap, though hanging, is not very loose. The sheath also is loose
but not pendulous. The legs are fine and round with strong, somewhat
large hooves, well-rounded in shape. The tail is long, the tuft nearly
reaching the heels. Cows usually have well-developed udders.
Mewati cattle are in general, sturdy, powerful and docile, and are useful
for heavy plowing carting and drawing water for deep wells. The cows
are said to be good milkers.
Joshi, N.R., Phillips, R.W. (1953) Zebu Cattle
of India and Pakistan, FAO Agriculture Studies No. 19, Publ. by FAO,
Rome, 256 pp.
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