Sunday, June 26, 2011

Brahman cattle

Yesterday I showed a cattle egret. Here is a close up of the cow that was next to the egret. Brahman cattle are popular in Costa Rica because they can withstand the warm climate better than other types of cows. Brahman cattle originated in India and have been exported throughout the tropics.

They can withstand the heat because they have more sweat glands and more oily skin than other cows. The distinctive features of their appearance are the large hump on their back and the dewlap skin hanging from their neck.

They are often cross-bred with Angus or Hereford cows to achieve the benefits of both breeds.

Today is Sunday so we have new photos posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site. This week we are showing additional photos from our recent trip to Yosemite National Park, focusing on some of the details and quiet scenes.

10 comments:

Mo said...

Love those ears.

Kate said...

This takes me back to my India trip of so-long ago. I loved to see these animals ambling along or resting in the middle of the street. It's a wonderful close-up, Dave.

Sharon said...

I also like thier floppy ears!

Jarart said...

I think they are one of the prettiest of cattle. They can be aggressive, but this one looks tame.

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

what big ears you have

Irina said...

A very noble face.

Jack said...

They have such placid expressions. Almost bovine.

To me, Brahmin refers to the old families of Boston, where I lived and worked in the 1970s in a firm topheavy with Brahmins.

Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

Interesting how animals get shipped around. He's cute though.

Darryl and Ruth :)

Sharon Creech said...

What an unusual beast: those huge ears, the hump, the dewlap folds--and I love the direct look at the photographer.

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