BAIF is working on Gir breed since livestock programme initiated at door step of farmer. Gir is well known milch purpose breed.The breed name came from Gir forest in Gujrath. It is also known as Bhodali, Desan, Gujarati, Kathiawari, Sorthi, and Surati. Amreli, Bhavnagar, Junagad, Rajkot districts of Gujrath, Saurashtra region of Gujrath, especially area in and around Gir forest is breeding tract of this breed, Looking to utility now it founds in many states of India. It is a hardy animal and can survive and perform in a difficult environment. Gir is a world-renowned breed known for its tolerance to stress conditions.Most of the Gir animals are pure red, and also some are speckled red. The forehead is broad and convex and prominent hip bones.
The characteristic of Gir breed indicates horns are peculiarly curved. Starting at the base of the crown they take a sideways downward and backward curve and again incline a little upward and forward taking a spiral inward sweep, ending in a fine taper- thus indicating a half-moon appearance. The long and pendulous ears folded like a leaf. Ears hang all the time and their inside face forward, it has the capacity for yielding more milk with less feeding and is resistant to various tropical diseases. It has an average milk production is 2215 kg per lactation. Gir Cow has average body length 131.4 cm, height at wither 130.8 cm and chest girth 166.4 cm. The average age at first calving recorded as 1440 days, lactation length 315 days and inter-calving period 483 days