Sahiwal is a breed of Zebu cattle which primarily is used in dairy production. Sahiwal originated from the Sahiwal district of Pakistan, a region in Punjab province of Pakistan.They produce the most milk of all zebu breeds, followed by the very similar Red Sindhi and Butana breeds.
Sahiwals are beef producers with pure Bos indicus genes. On the advice of the CSIRO they were imported into Australia from Pakistan in 1950 by the Australian Government. The reason was to provide an ongoing resource of Bos indicus, particularly for infused breeds which may be losing their Bos indicus content.
Apart from Bos Indicus features of Sahiwals, they were chosen because of their other qualities needed in the beef industry, like heat tolerance, high degree of drought resistance, as well as a resistance to parasites, both internal and external