Where did zebus come from?

Miniature Zebus are a naturally small breed of cattle related to brahma cattle that originated in India. Their scientific name is Bos indicus.  They are one of the oldest of all cattle breeds and can be traced back to 6,000 BC.  Heifers can get up to about 250 pounds and bulls can range anywhere from 300 to 600 pounds.   Zebus will mature and begin breeding around three years of age and calves are carried for about 285 days.


What are zebus used for?

Because of their docile nature, zebus make great backyard pets and can even be used as therapy animals.  They are often used in petting zoos and can be used in junior rodeos. If you want fresh milk for the family, zebus can produce 1/2 to 1 gallon of milk each day and the milk is high quality.  Zebus have traditionally been used as draft animals and are strong for their size.


Are zebus naturally miniature?

Zebus are one of the smallest breeds of cattle and they have not been bred down to get a small stature. Miniature zebus must stay under 42 inches tall to be registered and have the characteristic hump and a prominent dewlap.  They are very tolerant of hot weather and are thrifty, surviving well on pasture that would not be suitable for other types of cattle.

 


Where can more information about zebus be found?

The Three Sisters Farm is a member of both the International Miniature Zebu Association (imza.name) as well as the American Miniature Zebu Assocation (amzaonline.org).  These two associations are excellent sources of high quality information about zebus and how to raise them successfully.  We seek to breed zebus that conform the the breed standards and enjoy those that we meet through the two associations that share the same values.