The Toda breed is known after its herdsmen, the Toda tribe of the Nilgiris in the State of Tamil Nadu. This is an important breed of buffalo, which thrives well in high rainfall and high humid area. It is mainly used for work, socio-cultural & religious ceremonies. The calves are generally fawn in colour at birth and at around 2 months of age, the fawn colour changes to ash grey. In adult buffaloes, the predominant coat colours are fawn and ash-grey. Horns are long and are variable in shape. They are usually set wide apart emerging outward slightly downward and upward with the points being recurved inward, forming characteristically a crescent shape or semicircle. Horns are thick at the base. A narrow band of dense hair covering the top line from the crest of neck to the point of origin of tail, two chevron markings - one just around the jowl and the other anterior to the brisket is found. The average lactation milk yield is around 500 Kg with an average fat of 8.22%.
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Compiled by Animal Breeding Group, NDDB from Information System on Animal Genetic Resources of India (AGRI-IS)- developed at National Bureau of Animal genetic Resources, Karnal, Hariana, India.