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a humped white bull, with grey on the shoulders
Conservation status FAO (2007): not at risk[1]:58
Other names
  • Malavi
  • Manthani
  • Mahadeopuri
Country of origin India
Distribution Madhya Pradesh
Use draught
  • Male: average: 499 kg[2]
  • Female: average: 340 kg[2]
  • Male: 140 cm[2]
  • Female: 130 cm[2]
Coat white/grey
Horn status lyre-shaped
  • Cattle
  • Bos (primigenius) indicus
Malvi cow

The Malvi or Malavi, also known as Manthani or Mahadeopuri, is breed of zebu cattle from the Malwa plateau in western Madhya Pradesh, in central India.[2] It is a good draught breed; the milk yield of the cows is low.[3]:3

The breed has been studied at the Government Cattle Breeding Farm at Agar, in Shajapur district of Madhya Pradesh, for more than 50 years.[4]


  1. ^ Barbara Rischkowsky, D. Pilling (eds.) (2007). List of breeds documented in the Global Databank for Animal Genetic Resources, annex to The State of the World's Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. Rome: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. ISBN 9789251057629. Accessed May 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e Breed data sheet: Malvi/India. Domestic Animal Diversity Information System of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Accessed May 2015.
  3. ^ N.R. Joshi, Ralph Wesley Phillips (1953). Zebu Cattle of India and Pakistan. FAO Agricultural Studies 19. Rome: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
  4. ^ Sharma Harish, Tomar S.S., Kumar Amit (2015). Effect of genetic and some other sources of variation on dry period in Malvi cows. The Indian Journal of Veterinary Sciences and Biotechnology 10 (3): 32–35.

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