Speaking at the time of the Mutiny, Captain Meadows Taylor says, 'The Province of Berar contains the finest draught cattle in India.' It is impossible to say to what particular herd he referred, but it is interesting to know that for army transport and battery purposes bullocks of the Khamgaon breed were employed not so many years ago. In this District there are three fairly distinct breeds of cattle:-(1) the Umarda or Gaorani breed, (2) the Khamgaon breed, and (3) the Ghat or Pahari breed. Of these, Umarda cattle are considered the most suitable for the plains, but the Ghat cattle do better in the hilly tracts.