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Hatton - cow - Sri Lanka

Hatton
(most common name)

(local/other name):
• Cape
• Cape cattle
• Cappe harak

The Hatton is a locally developed breed that started with the importation of Dutch cattle (mostly Dutch-Friesians) from 1765–1815.

During the 19th century, British breeds (mostly Ayrshire, Shorthorn and Jersey) were also imported and, over the years, crossed with each other — and with the local Sinhala cattle of Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon).

The Hatton is small and humpless, with a pied coat. They are well adapted for withstanding Sri Lanka’s tropical climate and providing milk on a minimal diet.

The Hatton may, or may not, still exist. Only 1,000 were last counted in 1992 with a decreasing trend.

(Tamil ?) harak = cattle


You can also go to:

My Daily Cow® Sri Lanka and read about other Sri Lankan cattle breeds.

The Cow Wall® A-Z Cattle Breed Picture Reference to see other breeds of cattle in the world.