The breed characteristic of Brahman cattle allow them the unique ability to withstand temperature of extremes. Brahman cattle have short, thick and silky hair; the ability to sweat; loose, darkly pigmented skin with numerous folds for greater skin surface area. All of these Brahman breed characteristics give both Red Brahman and Gray Brahman cattle advantages over other breeds of cattle in areas of high temperature. Brahman cattle are known for their ability to:
- Their ability to tolerate high temperatures in the hot and humid regions of the world.
- Their natural resistance to a variety of insects responsible for the transmission of many tropical diseases.
- Their reduced rates of being affected by infectious keratoconjunctivitis, eye cancer or other diseases associated with sunlight.