The Ongole Bull is a majestic animal and is large with a heavy build. They are attentive and attractive with broad foreheads and no hollows in the temples. With black muzzles with wide nostrils, muscular wide jaws, large flaccid eyes and alert ears, they have horns that are short and stumpy. The neck is thick with large loose dewlaps. The hump is the most imposing part of the Ongole Bull. It is large, round and splendid. The animals have strong legs with black hooves that are squarely set under body. The mascot of the 2002 Indian National Games was Veera, an Ongole Bull.
The Ongole Bulls, found in a small region between the Gundlakamma and Alluru rivers in the Ongole and Kandukur talukas of Andhra Pradesh in an area no larger than about 100 square miles, are world famous stud bulls. The reason for the breed's evolution into disease resistant, high milk yielding drought animals with excellent breeding capacity can be isolated to the presence of a high soil pH in the native area, favorable for luxuriant growth of legumes and presence of certain forms of bacteria.
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