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Breeds of Livestock - Kurdi Black Cattle

Breeds of Livestock - Kurdi Black Cattle


The Kurdi have been the pack and draft animals of the Kurds centuries.  The Kurds are nomadic herdsmen and agricultural people of the mountains and plateaus of Kurdistan, a region that is divided between Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Azerbaijan.  The Kurdi is a distinct breed, the smallest of the Oksh group.

The Kurdi is humpless with small horns or polled. The animals are fineboned and lightly muscled.  They range in color from black to greyish brown or beige, with a lighter band on the muzzle.  Mature cows average 300 kg in weight.

Genus Bos: Cattle Breeds of the World, 1985, MSO-AGVET (Merck & Co., Inc.), Rahway, N.J.

Mason, I.L. 1996. A World Dictionary of Livestock Breeds, Types and Varieties. Fourth Edition. C.A.B International. 273 pp.

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