Cute and short Punganur dwarf cow in Thrissur household steals hearts
Thrissur: Thanikkudam native K Hareesh, a teacher, found Punganur dwarf cow after searching for a cow breed that can be reared in his 3-cent land. Thus he bought a 2.5-feet-tall dwarf cow for a whopping price. The 2.5-year-old cow is fondly called ‘Sundari’ meaning beautiful.
Since the cow is only 2.5 feet tall, a small plot is sufficient to build a cowshed. However, it often refuses to return to the cowshed once brought out for grazing. The family feeds her with five kilograms of green grass and copra cake every day. They maintain a strict diet for her as overfeeding may lead to fat accumulation.
Hareesh is a teacher at Jeevan Jyothi Public School in Thalikode. His wife Kavitha also is a teacher at Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Vidya Mandir. Their children are Anugrah and Swasthik. As the cow has a calm nature, Hareesh’s children have befriended her easily. They bathe Sundari twice a week.
Punganur dwarf cow is one of the shortest indigenous cow breeds in Asia. They are also facing an extinction threat. Punganur cows are found in white and brown colours. Their horns are small in size and a crescent shape and the forehead is broad.
These cows give about 2 litres of milk every day. Though the quantity of milk is less, it is rich in protein and nutrients, said Prof John Abraham, associate professor of Livestock Production Management Department at Pookode Veterinary University.