You may have seen models walking on the ramp in fashion shows, but on February 27-28, cows and bulls will walk the ramp in Haryana.
This walk will be organised by the state government to select the best cow and bull specimens of indigenous breeds in Haryana. This comes after the state brought in stringent laws against cow slaughter in the state.
A panel of judges will select the best cows and bulls decked up in all traditional paraphernalia. They will be paraded before the crowd in Rohtak.
Om Prakash Dhankar, animal husbandry minister, said they will honour the owners of the best cow and bull with cash award of Rs 1 lakh in each category. Officials say the prize amount might be increased if the government found sponsors for the event.
Haryana’s native breeds like Hariana and Sahiwal would be participating in different categories of the contest.
The government also hopes to promote indigenous breeds and build a brand for some particular breeds’ milk.
Dhankar said the Hariana breed are known for their beauty in the rural areas of the state. He said that cows of this breed are the most beautiful bovine variety in the country,
Murrah buffaloes of Haryana are also famous throughout the country. The state government has taken a decision not to inseminate indigenous breeds of cows with foreign breeds under the cross-breeding programme. This method is being followed for the last four years.
The officials admitted that this happened because of the fascination of cross-breeding was increasing due to high yield of milk.
A pure Holstein Friesian (HF) breed cow can yield up to 50 kg milk a day but the Haryana animal husbandry department had been promoting mix breed of HF cows and local variety to check spread of diseases.
According to officials, cross-breed cows yield around 8.9 litre of milk daily in comparison to 5.6 litre of deshi variety.
In 2015 in Jassawas village of Mehendergarh district a Hariana breed cow yielded 19.39 kg milk in a day. This was the highest record of milk yield for Hariana breed in the state.