Though the term 'Brahman' was adopted in 1924 to describe a variety of Indian cattle breeds being imported into America, many of those breeds can be traced back thousands of years.

In America, Brahman refers to Indian cattle first introduced in Louisiana in the middle-1800's. Their longevity, superior heartiness, resistance to heat, disease, feed shortages, and injuries amazed American ranchers, who began cross-breeding them extensively to produce tougher herds.

Their meat is also healthier than that of average cattle.

This node is part of Tem42's list of cattle breeds, entitled, simply, cattle.

Brah"man (?), Brah"min (?), n.; pl. Brahmans, Brahmins. [Skr. Brahmana (cf. Brahman worship, holiness; the God Brahma, also Brahman): cf. F. Brahmane, Brachmane, Bramine, L. Brachmanae, -manes, -mani, pl., Gr. , pl.]

A person of the highest or sacerdotal caste among the Hindoos.

Brahman bull Zool., the male of a variety of the zebu, or Indian ox, considered sacred by the Hindoos.


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