Friday, April 6, 2012

Sahiwal Cows - Australia - Postage Stamps

Awhile ago, I wrote a post in my blog Jaho Jalal 'Cow and the City." Though it did not have anything to d with the famous TV programme Sex and the City, but the sound of the captions was so similar and many a readers bumped into my post to find some resemblance or correlation - but unfortunately there was none.

But today when I write this post, there is some resemblance between the cows that I mentioned in my earlier post and the postage stamps issued by Australia on 20 March 2012.

Sahiwal Cows of the 'Cow and the City'
Sahiwal, a city in the central Punjab province of Pakistan is named after the famous breed of cows called 'Sahiwal' as seen above. These cows are famous for their milk producing capacity. The Sahiwal breed was so special that it was  taken to Australia in the early 1950s, where it was initially selected as a dual-purpose breed. It played a valuable role in the development of the two Australian tropical dairy breeds, the Australian Milking Zebu and the Australian Fresian Sahiwal

Sahiwals are now predominately used in Australia for beef production, as crossing high grade Sahiwal sires with Bos taurus animals produced a carcass of lean quality with desirable fat cover. Australians have so much affection for this special cow that in 2002 a cargo ship previously known as "Limousin Express" was renamed as the "Sahiwal Express". 

Sahiwal Express
Now coming back to the postage stamps issued by Australian Post on 20 March 2012. The stamps are issued to show Australia's various facets of harvests, including dairy products. The first stamp below is about the dairy products and bears of head portrait of a cow - which closely resembles the Sahiwal.

The rest of the stamps showing different Australian farming harvests are given as herein under:

Beautiful stamps - indeed.


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