The Leaping Oxen of Kanjwani

Posted on January 26, 2008
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Kanjwani is a small town on Nankana Sahib-Shorkot Cantt Railway section. By road it is connected to the next big towns of Samundri (15km) and Faisalabad (55km). Kanjwani is famous for its annual cattle fair where people from all over the area bring their cattle to show-off. The festivities include tent pegging, Kabaddi, horse dance etc. There is also a beauty contest of cows, oxen and buffaloes as well as an ox-cart race. The following breath taking photo was taken by Amir Mukhtar on January 13, 2008 at the Kanjwani festival.

Photo Credits: Amir Mukhtar

The area around Kanjwani is famous for its cattle breeding. The most famous breed is called Sahiwal named after the city of Sahiwal (35 km from Kanjwani). The Sahiwal breed of cows/oxen is considered one of the best in the world. According to the reference below:

This breed of cows and oxen is tick-resistant, heat-tolerant and noted for its high resistance to parasites, both internal and external. Cows average 2270 kg of milk during a lactation while suckling a calf and much higher milk yields have been recorded. Due to their heat tolerance and high milk production they have been exported to other Asian countries as well as Africa and the Caribbean.

The breed called Sahiwal was also introduced into Australia where it came from New Guinea in the early 1950’s. Two Australian tropical dairy breeds were produced from it which are the Australian Milking Zebu and the Australian Fresian Sahiwal.

It is a matter of pride for Pakistan on how a small rural area around Kanjwani has been producing one of the best cattle in world.

Reference: Sahiwal

15 responses to “The Leaping Oxen of Kanjwani”

  1. Darwaish says:

    Oh well, the second leg is probably on the hip of ox. They sometimes put one leg on animals hip to keep balance and particularly, when one ox is running at top speed and moving in slightly opposite direction (or not going straight). This is my guess based on some races I have seen :).

    Only the photographer can tell that exact story.

  2. MQ says:

    My question about the second leg of the man is addressed to Darwaish.

  3. MQ says:

    Thanks, Tina, for pointing out the sandal. It looked like a cloven hoof to me at first sight. But then where is the man’s second leg?

  4. Darwaish says:

    Brilliant photography!

    As far as I know, they don’t wear sandals during these competitions. Its not good for grip on that board they stand.

    The right side leg, therefore, cannot be of man. Loot at the structure and color of leg. It definitely belongs to the Mr. ox :)

    Interesting question though. May be Amir Mukhtar should help us :D

  5. Tina says:

    MQ- the right hand ox has both legs up in the air. Also, since the leg is wearing a sandal, I think it probably belongs to the man.

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