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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Costly Cattle: Punjab's 'Super Bull' Worth Above Rs.10 Crore

By Preet Sohi | Chandigarh

His daily diet consists of 10 litres of milk, 3 kg curd and 10 kg feed. His regimen also includes a 6-km walk. Raju, a Murrah bull, is the star attraction at the Progressive Punjab Agriculture Summit 2014 (February 16- 19) being organised in Mohali near Chandigarh by the Punjab government these days.

A prized catch at Rs.10 crore, the five and-half- year-old bull is attracting visitors from far and wide. That he weighs 12 quintals and is 11.5 ft long and 5.8 feet tall and is a recipient of cash prizes worth Rs.18 lakh at various cattle festivals is only adding to his fame.

His Kapurthala-based owner Santokh Somal said, "Raju is very dear to me; I have reared him like a child. People have offered me Rs.10 crore for him but I did not sell him. I will never sell him. He is priceless."
Another bull named Yuvraj of the same breed with a price tag of Rs.2 crore is also attracting a lot of eyeballs. The bull is owned by Karamvir Singh of Sunario, Kurukshetra, and has the good fortune of sleeping in an air-conditioned room. 

At five years, he is 14-feet in length and is 5.7 feet tall. He drinks 20 litres milk every day besides a bottle of country liquor. His daily diet also includes 5 kg apples and 5 kg feed. Yuvraj has won cash prizes of around Rs.2 lakh at various cattle festivals.

Karamvir Singh said, "Yuvraj is not a bull, he is my son. I have reared him like a child and I love him a lot." 'Yuvraj', has also proven to be a cash cow for him as the bull's semen is in great demand across North India.

Murrah is originally from Punjab and Haryana states of India and Punjab province of Pakistan, but has been used to improve the milk production of dairy buffalo in other countries, such as Italy and Egypt. Then there is Aalishaan, a horse which is pampered with shampoo baths regularly. 

What makes this horse all the more special is that in January 2013 Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal was so impressed by the four-year-old horse that he offered to buy it for Rs.1.25 crore. However, Aalishaan's owner Harinder Singh simply refused to part with him. Aalishaan is 65 inches tall and is of Marwadi breed.

"The chief minister expressed his interest to buy him and even offered a price of Rs.1.25 crore. But we do not want to sell him; we have kept him for breeding," says Parjant Singh, brother of Harinder Singh.

Many people have offered to buy Aalishaan, on whom the family spends Rs.1,000 every day, at the agriculture summit but we have refused, he said. The family owns 20 horses in total.
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