Australian Milking Zebu Cattle

The Australian Milking Zebu (AMZ) is a breed of dairy cattle that originated in Australia in the 1950s. It was developed by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) by crossbreeding the Sahiwal and Red Sindhi cattle from Pakistan with Jersey cattle. A small amount of Illawarra, Guernsey and Friesian blood was introduced as well.

It was bred specifically to be resilient to heat, cattle tick and for milk production. The AMZ is similar in color and markings to the Jersey cattle, but with the Sahiwal and Red Sindhi’s loose skin. The cow will produce approximately 744 gallons of milk per lactation period.

Image Caption: Australian Milking Zebu Cattle. Credit: Wikipedia (public domain)

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