The Brahman breed of cattle originated from the Bos indicus cattle originally brought to the US from India. It has been crossbred extensively with Bos taurus, the European cattle. Both are members of the family Bovidae.
The Brahman is the sacred cow of Hinduism, see also Brahman.
The Brahman has a distinct large hump over the top of the shoulder and neck, and a loose flap of skin hanging from the neck. Their ears are large and floppy. Bulls weigh 1600 to 2200 pounds (800 to 1,100 kg) and cows weigh 1000 to 1400 pounds (500 to 700 kg). At birth, calves weigh 60 to 65 pounds (30 to 33 kg).
Despite their huge size, they are known as a docile breed, if handled with kindness from calfhood.
Brahmans have a greater ability to withstand heat than European cattle. They have more sweat gland s, and also an oily skin, thought to help repel pest insect s. They are also more resistant to parasites and disease.
They have also been extensively crossbred with European cattle in subtropical United States, in central America and in some tropical areas of the world to gain their advantages in hot climates.
The bull shown in the photo is probably crossbred, but shows Brahman physical characteristics.
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