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Published on 5th July 2022 by staff

Brahman Cattle

Brahman Cattle

The Brahman cattle are a breed derived in the US from indicine cattle imported via Brazil, India, and the United Kingdom. It has been exported to several parts of the world, especially in Australia, and has also been used to produce several other breeds like the Brangus, the Brahmousin, and the Simbrah.

Also known asAmerican Brahman
Physical CharacteristicsHump above the shoulders, shielded eyes, dewlap with loose folds of skin, floppy ears
Temperament/PersonalityShy but intelligent
Coat ColorLight grey or red to black
WeightMale: 725-997 kg Female: 453-635 kg
DietGrains and hay
Lactation Period216 days
Gestation Period292 days
Lifespan15- 18 years
Climate ToleranceHeat resistant
Price$3500 -$10,000
Country of OriginThe United States of America
Standard and Qualification InformationAmerican Brahman Breeders Association

History and Development

Several indicine cattle brought to the United States from 1849 onwards were bred with local taurine cattle leading to the Brahman cattle being born in the US. The breed would continue to grow with the import of other Indian cattle, leading to the formation of the American Brahman Breeders Association in 1924.

The Brahman would be exported to other parts of the world, most notably to Australia from 1933 to 1954, where it would become widespread and eventually the most common cattle in the country.

American Brahman Cattle
Black Brahman Cattle
American Brahman

Milk Production

While they have decent milk production rates, Brahman cows are generally not used in a dairy capacity. Their milk has high buttermilk and protein content.

Female Brahman Cattle
Brahman Cattle Pictures
Baby Brahman Cattle

Meat Production

Despite its meat being of lower quality than other European species, there is a high demand for American Brahman cattle due to its resistance to heat, insects, and disease. The Brahman is often bred with other cattle breeds like the Devon, Brown Swiss, and Hereford to improve quality.

American Brahman Bull
Brahman Cattle Image
Red Brahman Cattle
Brahman Cattle Bull

Interesting Facts

  • In Oman and Fujairah City, the Brahman bulls are used for a sport called bull-butting.

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