Cows on ramp: Rohtak holds bovine beauty pageant
Hundreds of cows and bulls walked the ramp on Saturday in a bovine beauty pageant aimed at promoting domestic cattle breeds and raising awareness about animal health.
As farmers led their animals, the panel of experts judged the beasts for their size and overall looks, the length of their horns and, for the cows, their milk-yielding capacities.
The judges selected 18 winners in various categories, choosing the healthiest and best-looking cows and bulls from more than 630 animals in the contest, held in the farming town of Rohtak in Haryana state.
On the ramp, the bovines displayed their individuality. Some sashayed with casual grace, while others dug in their heels and had to be pulled and prodded by their owners to walk for the judges. The winners, representing three different breeds, carried home prizes and a winner’s sash.
The farmers led their prize cows with pride at the sprawling grounds of the International Institute of Veterinary Education and Research.
“I have brought my best cow for the show and she has won a prize,” Randhir Singh, a farmer from Dwarka, said as he pointed to a red ribbon tied around the head of his well-groomed cow, which won first place in its category. “I wanted my cow to win and she has done me proud.”
Farmers from all 21 districts of Haryana participated in the cattle show and pageant, the official said.