Jallikattu: Indian (Tamil Nadu) farmer’s pure breed preserving method via sport.
Here is an A2 milk on display in a neighborhood local store in USA. No digestion issue, no allergies for kids and tastes far better than regular milk(A1). Though it is 4 times more expensive than regular milk, there is a huge demand for it here and gets sold pretty quick.
Currently, Australian milk industry is already on the attack mode on the A2 milk industry for wiping out its market share. Serious threat now prevails to the billion dollar A1 milk industry in the US as more and more study is pointing to A1 milk as the root cause of several health issues. A2 milk comes from cows bred from pure breeds that have not mutated like the ones in Tamil Nadu namely Kangayam and Pulikulam that have been preserved for 1000s of years. These cows live long and make milk enough for the calf and a bit more for the human family that nurtures it.
Whereas A1 cows have a very short life and produce huge quantity of milk at a cost to the health. Kangayam and Pulikulam pure breeds are preserved primarily for breeding and take part in #Jallikattu sport. The winner bulls are preferred for breeding over the weak ones and also fetch a huge cash prize for the farmer who maintains it.
In the western industry, defective grapes with tiny seeds are used for further breeding to get seedless grapes. (Impact of eating defective grapes for long time?) They may not appreciate the value of A2 cows as they don’t produce milk in huge quantity and are not cost effective for profits. Combined with recent findings about the A1 milk on the health of public, the very existence of A2 cows pose a serious threat to the billion dollar milk industry.
Ban on #Jallikattu sport results in losing these pure breeds maintained by local farmers as there is less incentive. “Jallikattu inspired people to hold onto their bulls. Farmers provided extra care for the animal since the bull represents the pride of their family and community. If the ban continues there will be no incentive to hold on to the bulls,” says Karthikeyan Siva Senaapathy (one of the few breeders of pure Kangayam cattle)
TamilNadu had over one million Kangayam bulls in 1990. The population has fallen to 15,000 now. Ban on Jallikattu and eventual extinction of the pure breed bulls is a risk mitigation act of western milk industry. Save the best seeds and the best bulls and let live #jallikattu #wedojallikattu