From Grass Rolls To Corn: Particular “Weight loss plan Plan” For Jallikattu Bulls


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On December 8 the Supreme Court docket reserved order on petitions towards the bull taming sport.


Farm recent grass rolls, an enormous bucket stuffed with rice bran and husk of black and crimson gram with loads of water! These are among the many ‘delicacies’ that determine within the ‘particular food plan plan’ for bulls which might be being skilled for the bull-taming sport, ‘Jallikattu.’ 

An enormous pack of hay and fodder fabricated from cotton seed and corn are a part of the opposite objects of meals supplied to bulls. Such meals objects, neatly divided into ‘three sq. meals’ a day are supplied to bulls within the morning, afternoon and night.

Sundaravalli, a cowherd with hands-on expertise in cattle farming says the food plan plan is designed to make sure nutritious meals to bulls. “We offer nutritious meals always. Nevertheless, now we go the additional mile to make sure diet as Jallikattu is nearing and bulls must be bodily extra sturdy.” 

“The primary full meal is at 9.30 AM after we present a full, massive bucket of rice bran and a roll of hay,” she says. Additionally, farm recent grass and loads of water is ensured always.

The subsequent meal, by 3 PM contains ‘Makkacholam’ (Corn), ‘Paruthi Vidhai’ (Cotton seed cake), ‘Nel Thavidu’ (Rice bran) and ‘Ulundu-Thuvaram doosi’ (husk of black and crimson gram). Bran obtained from ‘Pachha nellu’ (Uncooked rice bran) and Puzhunga nellu (Boil rice bran) is alternately used.

The subsequent meals within the night is mild and it’s a ‘good combo’ of what was supplied within the morning and afternoon, she says. “We additionally present Thavidu Thanneer (bran combined water) on and off. The exercise for bulls, which incorporates taking them for fairly lengthy walks, operating and swimming make them tremendous match and it ensures good urge for food.” As she prepares ‘bran meal,’ a pair of ‘Uzhavu madu’ (bulls used just for farming functions) rushes forward to partake of the meals. Jallikattu bulls ‘Rana,’ ‘Rudra’ ‘Aacha’ and others benefit from the luxurious meal ! Sundaravalli’s husband Marimuthu, a herdsman, promptly arrives to assist her feed the cattle. After feeding them, the duo double up as ‘physicians’ and gently contact the ears of bulls.

“We attempt to verify if the heat is regular or not. In case there’s a fever, we may really feel the extra-warmth.” After noticing {that a} bull had comparatively much less feed, they shortly put together a superb mixture of ‘Vetrilai’ (Piper betel) and ‘Milagu’ (Black pepper-Piper nigrum) and push it into the animal’s mouth.

“If such easy residence cures don’t yield outcomes we take the recommendation of docs.” Quoting veterinarians, she says the meals they supply to bulls has all of the vitamins together with proteins that animals want.

Historically, Jallikattu commences within the Tamil month of Thai (begins in January and ends in February) and goes on for a minimum of 3-4 months. It’s held in varied components of the State. The star sights are, nonetheless, these held in Alanganallur, Palamedu and Avaniapuram in Madurai district.

On December 8, 2022, the Supreme Court docket reserved order on petitions towards the bull taming sport. The highest courtroom had mentioned that Jallikattu can’t be termed a blood sport as no one is utilizing any weapon and the blood might solely be an incidental factor.

(Aside from the headline, this story has not been edited by String Reveals employees and is printed from a syndicated feed.)

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