The Nili-Ravi buffalo is
a milk type of buffalo breed. They are found mainly in Lahore, Sheikhupura,
Faisalabad, Sahiwal, Multan and Bahawal Nagar districts in Punjab Province.
Their color is black and their average weight at maturity is 800 kg for the
male and 525 kg for the female.
They have a wedge shape, massive frame, small curly horns, and wall eyes.
They often have white markings on the forehead, face, muzzle and legs and white
switch of tail (buffaloes with such markings highly desired and popularly called
"Panj Kalian"). They have a large, strong udder and are generally
docile. Average age at maturity is 30 months in males and 36 months in females.
Longevity of production is good. White markings extending above hock and knee
and over the neck and body, constitute a serious disqualification.
Muhammad Tahir, Associate Professor, Department of Animal Breeding
& Genetics, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan
R. E. McDowell, Professor Emeritus of International Animal Science,
Cornell University, and provided by Paul O. Brackelsberg, Professor of Animal
Science, Iowa State University
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Added April 2, 1997