Mewati cattle are found in the tract known as Mewat, but the breed is sometimes
called Kosi, due to the large numbers of cattle of this breed sold from
the market at Kosi, a small town in the district of Mathura. 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 the Mewati.
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
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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