The Brahman or Brahma is a breed of cattle that originated in America during the early 1900s. It was developed from imported breeds during the years of 1854 to 1926 from India, the breeds included the Kankrej, Gujarat, Ongole and Gir.
Approximately 266 different bulls and 22 different cows were used in the development of the Brahman. The American Brahman Breeders Association was established in 1924 to track and verify the bloodline. It is located in Houston, Texas and the first president of the organization was Linton “L.S.” Harris. J. W. Sartwelle was the first secretary of the association and was the one who named the Brahman.
It is one of the most popular beef cattle and is abundant in Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, United States, Columbia and Australia along with many other regions. It is mainly used for breeding and beef production. It is also used for developing the Brangus, Beefmaster, Simbrah and Santa Gertrudis cattle.
The Brahman is very tolerant heat and tropical environments. It has thick skin which is resistant to insects and can live longer than most other cattle breeds, sometimes calving at 15 years old or more.
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