KL everyday receives unlimited queries on GIR COW BREED. Readers’ questions on Gir Cow information are endless. Many who want to start Gir cow dairy farm & dairy farms already practising GIR COW GAUPALAN, both experience various challenges.
How to Identify Gir Cow Pure Bloodline?
Where to locate/buy best breed of Gir cows?
What is the Right Price for Gir Cows?
What are the ancient Gir Cow Gau Palan Practices for Success?
How much Milk does Gir cow give?
What is the best ancient Gir Calf Care?
How to select best GIR BULL – ancient practices?
What was the ancient Breeding practices?
What are the best practices for Gir cow Reproductive Health Care?
Which are the natural herbs for Gir cow preventive healthcare?
Find answers to the above questions from THE ORIGINAL & PROFESSIONAL GIR COW BREEDERS WHO DEVELOPED GIR BREED FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS & USED TO SUPPLY THE BEST GIR COWS TO THE EARLIER PALACES OF MAHARAJAHS OF GUJARAT.
Chalo,…let’s meet & speak to the MALDHARI TRIBE, who live in GIR FOREST along with GIR LIONS & who were the great breeders of gir cows since hundreds of years. Now only few pacts of Maldhari tribe stay in & around gir forest, others have moved out.
As we know, India has a rich treasure of almost 35+ types of cattle breeds. This Gir Knowledge bank is dedicated exclusively for GIR lovers, Starters & practices. KL shall publish similar Ancient Knowledge banks for other Indian Cow breeds like Sahiwal, Tharparkar, Ongole, Deoni, Punganur etc shortly.
[This research article shall cover the topics specifically related to gir cows in 7 chapters.]
Article 1 : GIR COW HISTORY !
WHO WERE THE ORIGINAL GIR COW BREEDERS SINCE HUNDREDS OF YEARS ?
MALDHARI TRIBE – ‘LION HEARTED MEN’
ORIGINAL GIR COW BREEDERS
Who supplied gir cow fresh milk & Ghee to the palaces of kings!
Before we start our journey, let’s together travel few hundred years back, to the birthplace of gir cow & listen to the tribes who were the original Gir cow professional breeders. The tribes of Gujarat nurtured & developed the breed, let’s gather some ancient wisdom & practices from the folklores.
Maldharis are known as men with LION HEART, because most probably only they can withstand the powerful sight of Gir lions in close distance & share the homeland.
Maldhari literally means ‘Owner of animal stock’. Maldharis are brave nomadic tribal community who have been staying in the GIR FOREST along with the majestic Asiatic Gir lions & have taken care of Gir cows since ages. They are humble tribal people who have mastered the art of cow care in all simplicity & treat lions as pets.
Talk to the Maldhari man, you will see him pride his big pronounced moustache; with a sparkle in his eyes & his voice shall echo beautiful folklore stories about Gir cows.
GIR COW GAUPALAN ANCIENT PRACTICES !
“In earlier days, Maldhari roamed the gir forest along with gir cows. Being nomads we moved in search of pasture to pasture. We attended to cows open grazing on the banni grasslands in early morning around 4 a.m. onwards. Gir cows were used to the routine routes & practices. They enjoyed the lush green grasses, leaves, tree fodders, herbs-shrubs of the forest land. The calves jumped & moved alongside their mother cows. Their was feeling of togetherness, happiness & comfort.
Our mighty Bulls gave confidence to the herd in the wild forest. Bulls & their natural procreation was nature’s answer to existence. Breeding happened under the sunshine naturally. Herds selected the best Bull breed by the LAW OF NATURE…….
‘DOMINANCE & FITNESS’
It was the law of nature, the bulls which established dominance among other bulls, became the leader & created clear hierarchy among the bulls & cows. Thus natural breeding was restored. We had mastered our art of breed selection based on our observation & experiences since ages.
During scorching afternoons, we relaxed & slept leaning to gir cows in the grasslands under the tree shade. We played along with the herd, made sounds & noises of birds, animals we were exposed to Cows responded with curiosity, affection, sometimes never bothered about our pranks. Sometimes we just drank the rich gir cow milk in the grasslands just by sliding our mouth under her udder. After grazing time, we used to return to our ‘Wadahs’; natural enclosures by the ‘Gau-dhuli‘ time.
Our family members used to look forward for the Gau-dhuli as many times we carried back Wild honey, Forest flowers, Wild fruits, Just born calves & many times some interesting stories to share. By early evening we used to have our dinner & sleep in our simple small mud houses-Wadahs.
LATE EVENING & NIGHT was the time for our LION KING, we respected each other’s existence & space.”
‘SHIVA LINGAM’ SILVER RING –
“In olden days, most of maldhari used to wear Silver finger rings with ‘Shiva Lingam design’ on their milking hands. The belief was, when we milked, the milk spilled over Shiva Lingam ring & we considered it as our humble offering of milk abhishekam to lord shivji”.
These words make me think & question about today’s complicated rituals. It made me realise ‘Simplicity’ in thinking & action is the best way of living. The above words clearly demonstrates Maldhari lived, celebrated & worshipped ‘gifted life’ in all simplicity & pure humbleness.
Various stories make many rub their eyes, feel the miracle stories as one travels across the region. Gir Cow World is truly magical.If you want to hear to some magical folklore, travel to the earthy tracts around the gir villages, you shall get to hear them in plenty for years to recall, wonder & feel. Gir Cow stories touches one & all …….a beautiful leela of Krishna……..
Maldhari celebrate Krishna janmashtami & their marriages are mostly held around the same time.
Welcome! To the…World Of Gir Cow
Among various Indian cow breeds, one of the most potential Milk breed is GIR. Gir is not only loved in India but is a highly successful breed globally. Gir Cow can be proudly stated as one of the most precious jewels among Indian cow breeds.
WHY GIR COW?
High milk Yield
High Quality Milk
High Fertility score
Docile & social. Comfortable with humans
Suitable for Indian climates
Good Health Immunity against Hot climates, stress & tropical diseases
GIR BREED IS INDIA’S CONTRIBUTION TO THE WORLD
Indian Gir cow treasure is believed to be shared with Brazil & other international community during early 1900. Gir is now seen in brazil, Mexico etc. Brazil especially has taken great interest in development of GIR cow & now Brazil Gir cow & its semen is in great demand everywhere. Unfortunately, our own Gir cow was neglected in India. Now many of cow lovers like you & me, though being in Gir Cow’s own-land are searching for pure bloodline. Now it’s very critical to ensure focus & development on gir cow breed.
Article -2: WHAT WERE THE 500 YEAR OLD GIR COW GOLDEN PRACTICES?
followed by Maldhari Tribe
Know Secret of SELECTION OF BEST BULL & GIR COW?
ANCIENT FEED PRACTICES?
Leela of Gir Gaupalan….Gir Cow care & Prosperity!
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GOLDEN WISDOM TO GIR FARMING SUCCESS
Gain Simple. Easy knowledge, before you invest hard earned money
KNOW ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS
DO NOT MAKE THE MISTAKE !
Without basic knowledge, many dairy starters & current practitioners in high energy & passion make the mistake of buying:
BUYING BELOW AVERAGE GIR COW due to lack of wisdom
PAYING VERY HIGH PRICE & GETTING CHEATED
SELECTING CROSS-BREED GIR COW
*Only observing Cow milking for 3 times will not help & Paying High Price is not the solution.