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A Pastoral Elegy

Contrary to popular belief, indigenous breeds are a sturdier option than disease-prone crossbreds

A Pastoral Elegy
A Pastoral Elegy
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The garole sheep is in demand. A prolific producer of twins, it’s gene has been added to the new Merino sheep.

This buffalo is among over a hundred distinct breeds of indigenous animals that India is home to, all named after the regions and districts whose climate and vegetation they have adapted to—often with extremely useful results. Some we instantly recognise, even if we can’t put a name to them, like the statuesque Ongole cow breed from Andhra, inspiration for numerous carved Nandi bulls in temples, or Gujarat’s Kankrej, the cow on the Harappan seals from the Indus Valley. Others, like the Garole sheep, the Ghungroo pig and the Attapady goat are more anonymous, but perform sterling service in the rural communities they belong to.

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