|Poda Thurpu Cow||Poda Thurpu Bull|
Poda Thurpu is also known as Thurpu. In western parts of Telangana, they are commonly known as Thurpu Edlu. Local communities identify the cattle breed as Poda Edlu (Poda locally means spotted/ speckles/blotches), the cattle usually has speckled/blotched coat (brown spots on white skin). Nagarkurnool district of Telangana state is the breeding tract of this breed. Bullocks are powerful and very good for heavy ploughing and carting heavy loads. They are quick and agile. Poda Thurpu breed has excellent tolerant capacity to drought conditions and can sustain during less fodder and water availability. Wild & aggressive nature of these animals is helpful to protect themselves from predators in the forest area. Animals are of medium size with compact body. White coat colour with brown patches or Red/brown coat with white patches. Patches are seen on the entire body. Majority of patches are seen on the lateral sides of the body. Horns are mostly straight, sometimes curved backward and upward or forward pointing and broad at base. Forehead is convex with deep groove at the centre in majority of animals. Bullocks are preferred in both dryland and wetland agriculture and have excellent draught power in terms of endurance, speed & stamina. This is due to strong and well developed hoof which can work for long durations in wetland. The average lactation yield of the cow is 570 kg (range from 494 to 646 kg) with an average milk fat % is 3.9 % (range from 3.7 to 4.1 %).
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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.