Deoni is a draught type animal believed to be developed from a strain descended from the mixture of Gir, Dangi and local cattle. The breed developed its name from the place of origin i.e. Deoni taluk of Latur district in Maharashtra. The breed is also known as “Surti”, “Dongarpati”, “Dongri”, “Wannera”, “Waghyd”, “Balankya” and “Shevera”. The breeding tract of the breed includes Bidar district of Karnataka and Parbhani, Nanded, Osmanabad and Latur districts of Maharashtra. Body colour is usually spotted black and white. This breed has three strains viz. Balankya (complete white), Wannera (complete white with partial black face) and Waghyd or Shevera (black and white spotted). Small sized horns emerge from the side of the poll behind and above the eyes in outward and upward direction. The tips of the horn are blunt. The breed is characterized by drooping ears and prominent & slightly bulging forehead. Deoni bullocks are preferred for heavy works and bullocks can effectively be used even up to 12 years of age. The breed produces scanty milk with average yield of 868 kg per lactation (ranging between 638 to 1229 kg per lactation). The fat percentage in the milk is 4.3 % on an average.
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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.