Native cows steal the show at cattle fair

Coimbatore: Two-feet tall, five years previous and weighing about 50kg, the Thajavur Kuttai, a dwarf cow that could be a native breed of Thanjavur, stole the show on Saturday at the fourth edition of Kongu Naattu Kaalnadai Thiruvizha held at Samathur near Pollachi. His proud proprietor T Deenadhayalan, who is a resident of Pollachi, has eight such cows. "This cow, which grows to a maximum height of 3 feet and is among the only 300-odd left in Tamil Nadu, provides 1.5 litres milk a day," he says.
A similar breed named Kerala Vechur was brought by way of Manoj Prasanna from Andhiyur to the show. More than 500 head of cattle, all native breeds from across Tamil Nadu, took section in competitions held in quite a lot of classes. Some of the rare breeds were Hallikar, a native breed of Karnataka that was brought all the method from Mysuru.

B Ok Krishnaraj Vanavarayar, founding father of Vanavarayar Foundation, who organised the development said, "This is a three-day event and is the result of a simple discussion at home on native breeds. We started it four years ago even before the jallikattu movement because we wanted to provide farmers an avenue to showcase their bulls. It is not only to create awareness on native breeds but also to revive them," he said. The organisers provided the lodging and meals to the farmers and the cattle.


For the competitions, the cows were divided according to their age and breed. Mailai, Kaari Sevalai, Kaari, Sevalai took section in the tournament and so they were judged for their horns, humps, tails and look, retaining the breed usual in mind. For S P Kumarasamy from Arachalur, it was a proud second when his Kangeyam Mailai received a prize and posed for shutterbugs. "I have nearly 10 at my farm. I have brought five for the competition. What many people do not know is that it is only this breed that changes its colour thrice in its lifetime. When it is born it is brown in colour and after it attains puberty it turns white. If it is sterilised, it becomes black and white," he said.


Manoj Prasanna from Andhiyur, who brought 41 of his bulls, said such displays were a knowledge sharing platform for the farmers. "We can discuss the maintenance and learn new techniques. We can also buy and sell our cattle," he said.


Apart from cattle, native breeds of dogs, roosters and horses were also brought from across Tamil Nadu. Rekla race, native candies and snacks were also major points of interest at the fest.


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