Cow Facts and Cow Trivia

Nobody messes with this cow baby mama.
Nobody messes with this cow baby mama.

Are cows as innocent as they seem?

Your image of cows is probably similar to mine – gentle, placid animals looking at you with those large, soft cow eyes and contentedly chewing their cud. But a recent article published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that about 20 people a year are killed by cows in the United States.

The cows actually attack humans – ramming them, knocking them down, goring them, trampling them and kicking them in the head – resulting in fatal injuries to the head and chest.

These behaviors remind us that mother cows, like other animals, can be fiercely protective of their young. The bond between a cow and her calf is very strong and continues after the calf is fully grown. In non-commercial herds, some cows will nurse their calves for up to three years.

Want to know more about cows? Read on to discover what I have learned.

Cow facts you may already know:

• A cow is a mature female and a bull is an adult male of the bovine family.

• A heifer is a young female cow that hasn't had a calf yet. A cow can’t produce milk until she has had a calf. • Cattle is the name for the entire "cow" family.

• There are 9.2 million cows in the U.S. And only 2.1 million lucky bulls. (Source: USDA, Aug. 09).

• Cows don’t bite because they have no upper front teeth. Instead they have a thick, tough pad of skin on their top jaw. They curl their very large tongue around the grass and feed they eat. Definition of cow tongue – a variety of meat many people will not eat because it clearly crosses the line between a cut of beef and a piece of a dead cow.

• Modern domestic cattle are believed to belong to either the species, Bos taurus (Holstein, Brown Swiss, Jersey and Guemsey), or the species, Bos indicus (humped cattle like the Brahman). Some cattle are a cross between the two species.

• There are about 920 different breeds of cows in the world. They were domesticated about 5,000 years ago.

• Cows came to America with the Pilgrims. They arrived in the Jamestown colony in 1611.

• Humans and cows have the same gestation period which is about nine months.

• Milk contains 4 necessary minerals: calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and zinc.

Did you hear about Elsie? She's all bent out of shape because another Holstein was wearing the same spots.
Did you hear about Elsie? She's all bent out of shape because another Holstein was wearing the same spots.

Cow facts you may not know:

• Cows are very social animals. They form large herds and just like people, they will bond to some herd members while avoiding others.

• They "moo" and use different body positions and facial expressions to communicate with each other

• A Holstein's spots are like a fingerprint. No two cows have exactly the same pattern of black spots on their white body..

• Cows can live 25 years. You can guess the age of a cow that has horns by counting the number of rings on the horns. Before counting, make sure the horns belong to a cow.

• A cow stands up and sits down about 14 times a day. That’s 11 more times than your average couch potato.

• One cow produces from 200,000 to 350,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime.

• The record milk production for a single cow in a year is 55,660 pounds of milk.

• It takes about 350 squirts for each gallon of milk from a cow. I’m referring to squirts not from her head but her “udder” end.

• A cow weighs about 1,000 to 1,400 pounds.

• A 1,000 pound cow produces an average of 10 tons of manure a year. Ladies – if you marry a dairy farmer, be prepared to hear at the dinner table on a regular basis a discussion of manure.

• Cows can detect odors up to five miles away.

• Cows are able to hear lower and higher frequencies better than humans.

• Cows have almost total 360 degree panoramic vision and are able to see colors, except red. So a bull, in a bullfight, doesn’t see the red of the toreador’s cape – just the movement of the cape.

• Cows drink anywhere from 25 to 35 gallons of water each day – equal to a bathtub filled with water and eat about 40 to 50 pounds of feed per day.

• Dairy cows can produce up to 35 gallons of saliva a day.

 

To you, cud may be disgusting. To me, it's delicious.
To you, cud may be disgusting. To me, it's delicious.

Cows are ruminants or cud-chewing mammals. Sheep and camels are also ruminants.

• Each day a cow spends 6 hours eating and 8 hours chewing her cud. (regurgitated, partially digested food).

• You have probably heard that a cow has four stomachs. Not true. A cow has only one stomach which contains four digestive compartments: the rumen, reticulum, omasum and abomasum.

• The rumen is the largest compartment and acts as a fermentation chamber. It holds up to 50 gallons of partially digested food. This is where cud comes from. Good bacteria in the rumen help the cow to digest her food and provide protein.

• The reticulum is called the hardware stomach because if cows accidentally eat hardware scrap (like a piece of fencing), it will often lodge here causing no further damage.

• The omasum acts like a filter.

The abomasum is the fourth compartment and is similar in structure and function to the human stomach. We just can’t store hardware like the cow.

• When galloping through boggy, soggy places or deep mud, cattle can run faster than horses. They have cloven hooves and their toes spread so their wide feet do not sink as deep as those of the solid-hoofed horse.

.• The temperature of milk when it leaves the body of a cow is 101 degrees Fahrenheit. The milk is then quickly chilled and stored at a temperature of 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Tip – to keep milk from turning sour, keep it in the . . . cow.

• Cows produce 90% of the milk in the world. Any warm-blooded animal such as goats, sheep, horses, reindeer, camels and water buffalo also produce milk.

I was more contented when farmers used the personal touch.
I was more contented when farmers used the personal touch.

Cow trivia

• Today, farmers use machines to milk more than 100 cows per hour. Before milking machines were invented in 1894, farmers could only milk about 6 cows per hour.

• Until the 1850s, nearly every family had its own cow.

• There is the same number of cows as there are people in Friesland, Netherlands.

• On August 18, 1953, four cows in Stearns County, Minnesota were picked up by a tornado and set down again unharmed.

• India has 30% of the world’s cattle, but because the cow is respected as a sacred animal, it is allowed to roam the streets in towns and cities unharmed. Is that where we got the phrase, ‘holy cow’?

• The World Championship Cow Chip Throw is held each April in Beaver, Oklahoma. Caution: do not sit too close to the field.

• Studies have shown that classical music helps cows produce more milk.

• It takes all the milk from 330,000 cows each year to fill the milk needs of Wal-Mart.

• The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 that destroyed much of the city has long been blamed on Mrs. Kate O'Leary's cow kicking over a lamp. In 1997, the Chicago City Council, after much research, passed a resolution exonerating Mrs. O'Leary and her cow.

• In January 2009, a cow reportedly knocked a woman off her bike and stepped on her legs in Boulder, Colorado. The woman was not seriously injured. News sources cited the incident as the result of a "cow engaging in people-tipping.”

• It takes 21.2 pounds of whole milk to make one pound of butter.

• It takes 12 pounds of whole milk to make one gallon of ice cream.

• Speaking of ice cream, an average of 48 pints of ice cream per person is consumed each year in the U.S. – more than any other country. I have long argued that ice cream is one of the basic food groups.

• The milk bottle was invented in 1884. Plastic milk containers came later – in 1964.

• The “got milk” mustache advertising campaign began in 1995.

Definitions using two cows as an analogy:

Since this is an article about cows, I would be remiss if I did not include this well-known compilation of various definitions using the “two cows” analogy:

DEMOCRAT
You have two cows ,,, Your neighbor has none ... You feel guilty for being successful ...
Beyonce sings for you.

REPUBLICAN
You have two cows ... Your neighbor has none ... So?

SOCIALISM
You have two cows ... The government takes one and gives it to your neighbor ...
You form a cooperative to advise your neighbor on how to manage his cow.

COMMUNISM
You have two cows ... The government seizes both and provides you with milk ...
You wait in line for hours to get it ... It is expensive and sour.

FASCISM

You have two cows ... The government takes both and sells you the milk.

NAZI-ISM

You have two cows ... The government takes both and shoots you.

AMERICAN CAPITALISM
You have two cows ... You sell one and buy a bull ... You build a herd of cows.

AMERICAN BUREAUCRACY
You have two cows ... The government pays you not to milk them ... Then the government takes them both ... They shoot one, milk the other, and pour the milk down the drain ... Then they require you to fill out a form to explain why the two cows are missing.

AMERICAN CORPORATION
You have two cows ... You sell one cow, lease it back to yourself and do an IPO on the second cow ... You force the two cows to produce the milk of four cows ... You are surprised when one cow drops dead ... You spin a publicity release to the security analysts stating you have downsized and are reducing expenses ... Your stock goes up.

FRENCH CORPORATION
You have two cows ... You go on strike because you want three cows ... You go to lunch and drink wine ... Life is beautiful.

JAPANESE CORPORATION
You have two cows ... You redesign them so they are 1/10 the size of an ordinary cow and produce 20 times the milk ...They learn to travel on unbelievably crowded trains ... Most are at the top of their class at cow school.

GERMAN CORPORATION
You have two cows ... You engineer them so they are all blond, drink lots of beer, give excellent quality milk, and run 100 miles per hour ... Unfortunately they also demand 13 weeks of vacation per year.

ITALIAN CORPORATION
You have two cows ... But you don't know where they are ,,, During your search, you see a beautiful woman ... You break for lunch ... Life is beautiful.

RUSSIAN CORPORATION
You have two cows ... You have some vodka ... You count your cows and learn you have 5 cows ... You have some vodka ... You count them again and learn you have 42 cows ,,,
The Russian Mafia shows up and takes whatever cows you have.

TALIBAN CORPORATION
You have all the cows in Afghanistan ...Which are two ... You don't milk them because you cannot touch any creature's private parts ... You kill them and claim a U.S. bomb blew them up while they were in the hospital.

IRAQI CORPORATION
You have two cows ... They go into hiding ...They produce television tapes of their mooing.

POLISH CORPORATION
You have two bulls ... Your employees are maimed and killed on a regular basis attempting to milk them.

FLORIDA CORPORATION
You have two cows - a black cow and a brown cow ...Everyone votes for the best cow ...
Some of the people who like the brown cow best, vote for the black cow ... Some people vote for both ... Some people vote for neither ... Some people can't figure out how to vote at all ... Finally, a bunch of guys from out-of-state tell you which is the best cow.

My favorite cow joke:

A fellow was driving down a country road when his car sputtered to a complete stop next to a field filled with cows. The driver lifted the hood of his car to find out the cause. A cow standing inside the fenced field calmly said to him, “I believe it’s your generator.”

The man almost fainted. He ran to the farmhouse nearby and excitedly knocked on the door.

“One of your cows just gave me advice about my car,” he shouted waving his arms back toward the field.

The farmer nonchalantly leaned out beyond the door to glance down the field. “The white cow with the two big black spots on her?” the farmer asked slowly.

“Yes, yes, that’s the one,” the man replied.

“Oh, well, that’s Bessie,” the farmer said, turning back to the excited man. “Just don’t pay any attention to her. She doesn’t know the first thing about cars.”

© Copyright BJ Rakow 2010, 2013 Rev. All rights reserved. Author, "Much of What You Know about Job Search Just Ain't So."

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Cedar Cove Farm 6 years ago from Southern Missouri

Oh this is good. Thanks.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

C.C.F. - my pleasure and you're most welcome. Thank you for the visit. Would be intersted in your reaction to my hub on PIGS.


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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI

OMG..I love this hub! I love the cow analogy ....and then Beyonce sings for you. That is awesome!!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, hbh - thanks for the visit and for enjoying this hub.

I still laugh out loud when I read some of what I wrote. And then look around self-consciously to see if anyone noticed.


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BJBenson 6 years ago from USA

Okay I have a true story for you. Driving down a road in the Black Forest of Germany, when I look at a passing field of black and white cows. I saw one cow on top another one. My kids saw it too. My husband did not stop when we started laughing and kept driving and missed the whole thing! We couldn't talk, because we were laughing so hard.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Oh, BJ, what a sight that must have been. If your kids were old enough (whatever age that might be), no doubt they understood the tableau.

If they were younger, you might have had to come up with a plausible story like the cow on top had a really bad cold and the field was wet and damp, so the cow on the bottom said, "Here, lie on top of me so you won't start sneezing again."

On the other hand, kids today are really smart what with TV, Wii, PCs and smart phones. They would have seen right through that.

Thanks for the visit and the great story.


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K.

Great hub, loads of interesting facts about cows. Can't wait to read the one about pigs! :)


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Thanks, wrenfrost, it's my pleasure to have you visit and make such approving comments.

After I researched cows and pigs, I became more adventurous and wrote ten hubs about really weird animals including the Blobfish, the Dung Beetle, the Aye Aye, the Proboscis Monkey, the Star Nosed Mole, the Naked Mole Rat, the Wooper Rooper and the Anglerfish. Take a look when you have time.


Puppyluv13 6 years ago

Great! loved it


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Puppyluv, nice to meet you.

You loved the hub? Then I love you. Thanks for the visit.


manyinterests 6 years ago from North Carolina

This was great! Was full onf info and humor!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, manyinterests. How nice to meet you.

If you are into animal info and humor, take a look at my hub on pigs, too: http://hubpages.com/animals/Pig-Facts

Thanks for stopping by and the "great".


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

drbj, I don't know how I missed this one but it is a great hub on cows and actually very interesting. Thanks for a good read.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Dear Pamela - thank you for the visit; delighted you found it interesting and a good read.

Did one on "Pig Facts and Trivia," too; didn't want animals of the porcine persuasion to feel slighted.


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WildRoseBeef 6 years ago from Alberta, Canada

There's plenty of other facts that you missed out on that I can fill you in on:

- Steers are castrated male bovines that are commonly used for beef.

- Polled means no horns.

- Not all cows and bulls have horns. Nor are cattle like deer, with the males having horns and the females having no horns. Many cattle today are either dehorned (horns are cut off) or are genetically hornless (or polled).

- All bulls are not solid coloured and have horns. There are such things as dairy bulls too, of the breeds Holstein, Jersey and Brown Swiss, to name a few, that are of different colours than brown.

- All cows do not come in black and white. As a matter of fact, there are many cows that are brown and horned as well! Cattle come in a variety of colours, shapes and sizes.

- The most common breed of dairy cattle is the Holstein. Other common dairy breeds includ the Jersey, and Brown Swiss.

- Angus is the most popular beef breed in the USA. Other beef breeds include Hereford, Simmental, Charolais, Limousin, Shorthorn, Gelbvieh, Braunvieh, Galloway, Scottish Highland, etc.

- Belgian Blues are a beef breed with a genetic abnormality called double muscling. DM is not caused by excess use of steriods or "working out in the gym," rather it is caused by a genetic marker called myotonin which controls normal muscle growth. When this marker is turned, I believe, off, muscle growth goes hay-wire and exceeds what normal cattle can carry. Piedmontese also have this genetic abnormality, but in a different form.

- Most beef cattle are grazed on grass, not fed grain. Cattle that are fattened up before slaughter are only fed grain the last 3 to 4 months of their lives.

- Dairy cows are only productive for a few years; on average they live to only 6 years of age before they are culled and sold to slaughter.

- Beef cows, on average, live up to 10 to 15 years.

- Age is commonly determined by looking at a bovine's teeth. This practice is much more useful and more common than counting the rings on the horns.

- Young cattle loose their baby teeth at 24 months of age to be replaced by their adult teeth.

- Cows do not have canines; rather they have flat molars and lower incisors for grazing and eating herbaceous plants.

- All cattle, bulls, heifers, cows, steers or even calves, can be slaughtered for beef. Dairy cows are commonly used for hambuger and sausage, if you might be wondering where MacD's get their beef from.

- Heifers reach sexual maturity (or puberty) by the age of 12 to 15 months, and are commonly bred by the time they are 15 months old. Bulls reach puberty a few months earlier, and are ready to breed at around this time.

- A mature bull can mate with 25 to 30 females in a breeding season. A younger bull, most commonly a yearling, can mate with 15 to 20 females in a breeding season. Heifers are more commonly exposed to a yearling bull than a big mature bull.

- A freemartin is a heifer born with a twin brother (bull calf). 90% of freemartins are sterile because of the effect of the testerone from their twin brother had on their growing reproductive organs. Most freemartins had shared the same placenta with their twin brothers.

- Twins occur in 1:1000 births. Triplets occur in around 1:150 000 births.

- Many dairy bulls and steers are either slaughtered at a young age as veal, or are raised to ~20 months of age as beefers. Very few dairy bulls are selected for breeding purposes.

- Dairy bulls are THE most dangerous livestock that exists today. Most farm-related deaths and injuries occur with dairy bulls.

- Artificial Insemination is very common with dairy cow herds because of the danger issue with dairy bulls.

- AI is less common with beef herds, as bulls are less dangerous and are more commonly used with the cows.

- Dairy calves are taken away from their mommas when they are only a few hours to a day old. They are raised on milk replacer via a bottle (much like what babies are fed only much bigger with a much bigger nipple) until they are around 3 months of age.

- Beef calves, on the other hand, get the fortunes of staying with Mom until they are around 6 to 10 months of age. Early weaning may have to take place when they are 3 months of age, depending on drought conditions, the body condiiton of the cow, and time of year.

- Body Condition means the amount of fat that is on a bovine in relation to health and fertility. On a scale of 1 to 9, most cows are around 5 to 6. Dairy cows tend to be a bit thinner because of their needs to put most of their energy into milk production and not fat.

- Average temperature of a cow is 101.5 Farenheit; calves are around 102 to 103 F

- Bloat is a build-up of gases in the rumen, caused by too rich of feed like grain or alfalfa. Mineral oil by use of a stomach tube or a trocar (instrument to puncture the rumen wall from the outside to let the gases out) are two common ways to deal with bloat.

- The average weight of cattle today are not 1000 to 1400 lbs; rather it is 1660 lbs, with many beef cows reaching 2000, even 2600 lbs or more. Bulls average out to be around 2500 lbs, the largest on record being 3300 lbs.

- Cattle can eat 100 lbs of grass per day. Generally cows tend to eat less of hay and silage, which is more around 50 to 75 lbs per day.

- Salt mineral is a necessary requirement for all ungulates and bovines alike. Without it they suffer from different forms of malnutrition.

- Unlike sheep and goats, cows do not suffer from copper toxicity when Cu is included in the salt mineral.

- B. indicus breeds with their large ears, thick loose skin and sweat glands are more adapted to hot and humid environments than B. taurus breeds.

- Angus cattle do very poorly in hot and humid environments because of their black hide and thinner skin, making them more susceptible to heat exhaustion and heat stroke (due to the heat absorption their black hide and skin creates) and insect bites. On hot days you will find them in the shade or wading in a the cool water instead of out grazing.

- The Hereford breed is one of the most adaptable breeds on the planet, and can be found as far north as Alaska and in the northern prarie of Grande-Prairie-Peace River in Alberta, Canada, and as far south as Australia, near the equator in Ecuador and Brazil, and even on the sparsely-vegetated veld of South Africa, or in the chaparral desert of North Texas, Arizona and New Mexico.

I know there are a bunch more, but I think I will leave it at that.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hello, WildRoseBeef - love your name. Thank you, thank you for writing part 2 of my hub on Cow Facts. You are very knowledgeable about cows. Do you know as much about pigs, too?

If so, Please feel free to write Part 2 of my hub on Pig Facts. Thanks for stopping by with a few comments


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WildRoseBeef 6 years ago from Alberta, Canada

I probably do, but I'll have to see when I read your Pig Facts hub.

Thanks, and it's my pleasure. :)


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

Well, that's about the tidiest summary on cows that I have encountered. Factual, humorous, and downright interesting. What could be better? Thanks for a good write! WB


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, Wayne, for the visit and the gracious comments. It was my pleasure and I can't believe how much I learned once I started to research the bovine persuasion.


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saddlerider1 6 years ago

Why did a cow cross to the other side? Because he cud...

I have had pickled cow's tongue...not bad a little chewy though.

I don't drink cow's mild, lactose intolerant:0)

And anyways only calves should be drinking it not humans:0)

I have driven through the mighty state of Texas and those poor cows standing all day in there cowpie's waiting to go to slaughter is the smelliest smell. It lingered in my rig for hours.....

Hey drbj...great hub loves all those jokes, copied and pasted and sent to my favorite cowfriend....


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, saddlerider, I knew I made the right choice when I followed you. Thanks for stopping by. Because the cow cud? Now why didn't I think of that?

I've tasted tongue, too, didn't care much for it. Think it was the idea of what I was eating as much as the taste.

Delighted you enjoyed the jokes - my pleasure.


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GmaGoldie 6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

This is delightful - but of course, I love all of your Hubs. I have a great friend who is the "Moo Doc" here in Wisconsin - I must send this to him.

Wonderful - and the city girl needed the basics restated. Additionally, I now know why I love butter - "21.2 pounds of whole milk to make one pound of butter" - great fact.

Awesome, truly awesome Hub!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, GMaGoldie, with comments like "awesome, truly awesome," you can visit any time. Thanks for stopping by and the very kind comments - all true of course. Humility is not one of my MANY virtues! :)

Yes, by all means, clue in Moo Doc - love the sobriquet.


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Sally's Trove 6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

How now, brown cow? My mother taught me that chocolate milk came from brown cows. And I believed that for too many years of my young life!

I loved this read, laughing all the way through after I passed the serious issues, and linked to here from my Hub on how not to feed a baby cow.

Voted up and awesome.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

No??? You mean chocolate milk doesn't come from brown cows? I thought that, too - at least for the first 20 years of my life! Twas a very sheltered life.

Thanks for the link - I will reciprocate. And for the "up" and "awesome," two of my favorite words.


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PaperNotes 6 years ago

Interesting, very interesting. Love it. Sometimes I wish I live in the farm with cows, maybe then I could enjoy some fresh milk everyday!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Happy to have you visit, PaperNotes, and thanks for the gracious comments. If you ever do get to live on a farm don't forget to buy some brown cows so you can have chocolate milk every day!


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

Oooh so much about cows - I love it. And I love that reminder that mom cows will also protect their babies. Love the American Corp too. I'm sure we can go on and on about cows - but it's time for pigs now. Yay!

Great read - you included the important facts - like a good joke.

Rated up!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Bk - what a pleasure to have you visit the cow pasture - watch your step now! Delighted you enjoy reading about cows. I think you will be entranced also about pig info.

Thank you for the "up" rating - you are a genuine and welcome Hubbuddy.


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nettraveller 5 years ago from USA

Cowabunga, that was a very nice hub! I wonder of that fellow having car trouble next to the field with cows is the same one who had the flat tire next to the insane asylum. That one ends with: "I may be crazy but I'm not stupid".

Cheers!


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Cowabunga backatcha, nettraveller. Nice to see you. Yep, probably was the same fellow. He just refuses to buy new tires.

Thanks for the visit and cheers to you as well.


amaziinglyme 5 years ago

okay, i had to look at this for homework but if you lot do this for choice then thats just kindaa sad. soz! (:


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Happy to hear you are doing your homework, amazinglyme. You ought to get a good grade if you include much of the information about cows that you will read in this hub.

But somewhere along the way you might want to consider changing your attitude about research. You might begin to find it actually 'amazing.'


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

Great info. Do you live where there are ChikFilA restaurants? Their billboards and other advertisements are very funny -- featuring cows. They are so happy -- because the fast food joint doesn't sell and beef.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Sally, Happy to see you get to leave the truck stop every once in awhile. Thanks for your kind comments.

Funny you should mention ChikFilA - they are my favorite fast food restaurant. Their chicken dishes are the best - tasty and fresh.

The one I sometimes frequent has a cashier dressed in a cow costume - the kids love him. And they all know that funny "Eat Mor Chickin" slogan.


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Ivorwen 5 years ago from Hither and Yonder

I love this! I grew up around beef cattle, so was not at all surprised to find that 20 people die each year from cattle related accidents. I recall two feisty cows that we always kept our distance from. I also recall one young bull, that after taking after three different people and breaking two fences, ended up in the freezer instead of going to market.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

How nice to see you, m'dear. You know firsthand that cattle are not always the docile creatures they may seem.

Your family certainly taught that bull a lesson! :)


Edie Kugel 5 years ago

Excuse me cow don't have one they have 4 chambers and that's why cow eat so much and that is why a cow looks like a barrow on 4 legs. Cow just don't digest food the cows stomach doesn't work like a humans stomach. There a reason that a cow has 4 stomach chambers.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Edie, nice to meet you. Yes, you are absolutely right. As I pointed out in my hub, a cow has only one stomach which contains four digestive compartments: the rumen, reticulum, omasum and abomasum.

Many people believe cows have four stomachs but as you know they have only one stomach with four different compartments. Never thought abut it before, but you're right - cows do look a little like wheelbarrows on legs. Thanks for stopping by.


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Jane Bovary 5 years ago from The Fatal Shore

"ramming them, knocking them down, goring them, trampling them and kicking them in the head"

Well drbj...you've now completely destroyed my image of cows as gentle, ruminating pacifists with soft brown eyes who wouldn't hurt a fly. I hope you're satisfied!

Apart from that sad disillusionment, I thoroughly enjoyed the hub.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Me, too, Jane. I can't quite look at gentle-looking cows in the same way now that I know they can be provoked into sadistic people-hating behavior.

However, many if not all of those 20 cows who actually murdered a human may have been baby cow mamas with their protective instincts operating full strength.

In any event, if you come across a cow with a murderous look in her eye, run the other way. I'm absolutely destroyed that I disillusioned you but delighted you enjoyed the read. :)


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Gemma54 5 years ago from Southport

I surely hope that Part B of Cow facts stating that Angus cattle don't do well in hot,humid weather because we will be raising them soon and live on the Carolina Coast where it is hot and humid for about 4 months straight! They will have trees and run-ins and cool water though so hopefully, they will be okay.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Thanks for visiting, Gemma. If trees and shade from shelters are available as well as cool water, your Angus cattle should do well on the temperate Carolina coast.

You probably would not want to raise them if you lived in a warmer climate like Florida. Good luck.


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

Hi Drbj! Thanks for directing me to this hub. Now I am prepared in case I have another run in with cows! This is great!


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Thanks, Dex, for the thanks and the visit. I have now achieved my good deed for the day. Try not to hurt any cows.


ruffridyer 5 years ago from Dayton, ohio

You mentioned cow tougue. I was raised on a farm and among other things ate Pickled Cow tougue. It was delichous. My dad also made headcheese,blood sausage and pickled cow heart. yum,yum.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Wow, ruffridyer, you are sophisticated! You ate not only cow tongue but pickled cow heart as well? My hat - if I wore one - is off to you.


czflgator 4 years ago

Enjoyed reading your fun facts on cattle, however just thought I'd add a little info. This is an excerpt from the Fla. Cracker Cattle and Horse registry: "In the year 1521, Juan Ponce De Leon brought a small herd of Andalusian cattle and horses with him on his second expedition to the New World. These were the first cattle and horses to ever set foot (or hoof) on what is now the continental United States. " Although technically, Florida was officially owned by Spain and did not become a state until 1845, you are still correct about Jamestown!

Many people don't realize that Florida has been a major producer of beef cattle for centuries. In fact, cattle and livestock were such an important part of the state's economy, they were allowed to graze at will on anyone's property until 1949, when a statewide fence law was passed. Until then, if anyone hurt a cow which was invading their field or garden, they had to reimburse the owner. If you wanted to protect your crops, you had to fence them to keep others cattle out!

As far as Angus, you probably know they come in both black and red varieties, but the black are one of the most popular breeds today in the US, and especially in Florida. However, they must be acclimated to the climate to do well. You can't take an Angus from Montana and plop them down in a Florida field and expect them to remain healthy, but the reverse is also true; it is the same for other breeds and species as well. This can include the human variety, but air conditioning and heating help!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Nice to meet you, cz. I'm guessing from your avatar you are a Florida gator. Welcome. You do know your cow and cattle facts. Thank you for adding the info about cattle being brought to Florida by Ponce de Leon before it became a state. We never did return the favor since Ponce never found the Fountain of Youth.

I remember reading about that fence law being enacted in Florida. Maybe the popular song of the time, "Don't Fence Me In," pertained to cattle. Ya think?

Thanks for visiting and adding your knowledge. Do you know lots about pigs? See my 'Pig Facts' hub, too.


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Winsome 4 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

Hi Doc, such witty, witty writing.

I never saw a purple cow

I never hope to see one

After reading Italian Corp's know-how

I can't wait to be one

=:)


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Winsome. Thanks for the witty witty writing - love that comment. Yup, the Italian administrators really know how to enjoy life. Grazie for stopping by with your verse.


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mljdgulley354 4 years ago

Great hub. Having grown up on a dairy farm your hub brought back some fond memories


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you mljd - bringing back fond memories is one of my favorite things. Delighted I did it for you. Read that you have a passel of grandkids - eleven I believe. Now that's what I call a grandmother. Do you have a secret for remembering their names? Just wonderin.


shaybug 4 years ago

I love cows. i bet you dont have a cow farm.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

How did you know, shaybug? I love cows, too. And pigs and horses. And I would have a cow farm if I didn't live in the city. How about you?


femmeflashpoint 4 years ago

Doc BJ,

ROTFLMRO! I loved this!!

I love cattle, for petting, not for steaks. To each their own? If I believed I could come back and do life over again as a cow, I'd request to live in Germany.

I agree that ice cream is an essential food group. At least for women. Once a month.

I'm thinking I should check out the patti-toss in Oklahoma. Wondering if I could count it as a tax write off.

As for cows killing an average of 20 humans a year ... I realize I probably seem cold hearted (and in some aspects I am) but that doesn't bother me much. We humans have out done them in the killing. Beyond that, if some yahoo were hooking me up to a milk machine before daybreak in the winter, when my parts were already weather-worn and irritated from exposure and too much attention, then hose me down with betadine so I can go through it all over again at sunset with smaller risk of infection, day after day after day ... I'd be having some anger issues myself.

Therefore, I can't blame the cow. The dairy farmer is asking for it.

femme


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Femme, you are most definitely a bovine advocate. And your comments make a lot of sense. You might do well in the cow chip tossing contest but you better rehearse first. I'm told there are real bull-slinging experts who participate.

Yes, I agree that ice cream is essential for women's well-being but on a daily basis if possible. Preferably saturated with chocolate chips.

You make a good point about the discomfort caused these valuable creatures by milking machines as well as newbie careless farmers with chapped hands. That cannot be a pleasant experience for bossy.

Speaking of Bossy, you might like to read what the cow I once interviewed had to say in "Why Everyone Should Own a Goat or Cow or Pig." Ciao for now.


femmeflashpoint 4 years ago

Dr. BJ,

I don't wanna be "in" the cow chip contest. I just want to watch, from a distance, take some pix and write an article about it, lol! I've shovelled enough poo in my lifetime to not want to be playing with it as well. :p

Ice cream on a daily basis makes for tight jeans.

I'll be happy to read "Why Everyone Should Own a Goat or Cow or Pig" as well. I noticed it, but hadn't made it that far before duty called and I had to up and away, but it's on the "must read" list.

Bossy and her calf show up every year at the Fort Worth Fat Stock Show. They're both very gentle and the kids love to see them ... some of us grownups love seeing them too. They have their very own little pen, all fluffed up with straw in the Borden Dairy display area. ;)


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

You now have special dispensation, femme. You do not have to participate in the cow chip contest. Merely watching it will suffice.

And three times a week indulging in ice cream instead of every day should assist in being fit and fitting in jeans.

That Ft. Worth Fat Stock Show sounds like a winner. I'll have to add it to my list of must-see visits. Thanks for the newsflash.


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WildRoseBeef 4 years ago from Alberta, Canada

"- Cattle can eat 100 lbs of grass per day. Generally cows tend to eat less of hay and silage, which is more around 50 to 75 lbs per day.

"- Cows drink anywhere from 25 to 35 gallons of water each day – equal to a bathtub filled with water and eat about 40 to 50 pounds of feed per day."

Actually both of these "facts" are close, but not entirely correct. Cattle will eat 2.5% of their body weight in dry matter per day, regardless of what they're being fed. Actual amount they eat depends on the moisture content of the feed and the body weight of the bovine in question, as well as, especially if referring to a cow, what lactation period she's in. Grass, which has a higher moisture content than hay, is often consumed in higher quantities than hay. Lactating cows will eat 50% more than a dry cow, which means that a lactating cow will eat around 4.5 to 5% of her body weight per day.

As far as water consumption is concerned, cattle will drink 10% of their body weight in water per day. How much water is drunk in terms of pounds or kilograms depends on the weight of the animal, the salinity and moisture content of the feed being fed, the temperature during the day, and, for cows, whether they're lactating or not.

Another thing that wasn't mentioned above or in your hub (just from skimming through) was the gestation period:

-The average gestation period of a cow is 285 days or a couple weeks over 9 months.

Also:

-The reason dairy bulls are so dangerous is because they have no fear of humans or think they themselves are humans and see humans as the ones to be challenged for dominancy, not other cattle. Bottle-fed bulls that are treated as pets (or as another human) are far more dangerous than bulls raised on the cow with the cow-herd.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, WildRoseBeef, what a pleasure to have you visit again. You do know cows, my dear. I appreciate your taking the time and effort to add Part 3 to my hub and welcome any additional facts and trivia you care to mention.

I may write a hub on horses. Are you, by any chance, an equine aficionada also? Just wonderin'.


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WildRoseBeef 4 years ago from Alberta, Canada

Your welcome. I do know a fair bit about horses, so I may be able to add some more details to what you will write on them. :)


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, my dear. I'll keep that in mind.


Ilovecows 4 years ago

i love cows


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

If you really do love cows, Ilovecows, then you have a most appropriate name. I'll bet they love you, too, m'dear.


cows 4 years ago

i love cows a alot i grew up with them hahha i love them


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, cows. You love cows a lot, too? Never knew there were so many cow lovers out there. More power to you my friend.


Pjluvsh20 4 years ago

at what age does the hump on a brahma cow show


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

I am so glad I came across this one and I have to award it my up up and away without a doubt.

Thank you for sharing my friend.

Take Care And Have a wonderful day.

Eddy.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Pjluvsh. Brahman cattle have a large hump over the the top of the shoulder and neck. This hump grows as the cattle grow and is most noticeable when cows and bulls are full grown.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

You had to search to find this hub, Eddy. Thanks for your perseverance and of course, for the up, up and away. Delighted to find you here, m'dear. May your week be wonderful.


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WildRoseBeef 4 years ago from Alberta, Canada

From Pjluvsh20 27 hours ago: "at what age does the hump on a brahma cow show"

It is present in the calf at birth. It is much less pronounced in cows than in bulls, since with bulls the hump is much more bulbous than what's present in cows. Bulls begin forming this bulbous hump when they start to reach sexual maturity.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, WildRose, for your erudite addition of bovine Brahman bulbous hump knowledge.


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WildRoseBeef 4 years ago from Alberta, Canada

No problemo! :D


lalagirl 4 years ago

so many cows are killed every day just so you can taste there meat!! if i was gonna get killed i would start trampling on the guys heads to!! ya sure you might say what do you eat if you don't eat meat ? I eat cake and everything else but it does not include cows are meat!!

in fact i am glad the cows are defending themselves who else will!? if anyone else agrees then tell me on your comments ! i do not agree in torturing animals


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

I certainly do not agree with the torturing of animals of any kind, lalagirl. And I can understand how you may feel about not eating meat. That is what is so wonderful about living in the United States. Everyone is entitled to express their own opinion.


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WildRoseBeef 4 years ago from Alberta, Canada

Lalagirl, I don't understand what you're going about here. Cows are not humans, they're not defending themselves because they know that they're being or going to be killed eaten by humans in the next few months or so. Cows don't give a damn whether they're being eaten by humans or any other animal for that matter. They're prey animals, and as any prey animal they do what comes natural to them, being that they're acting according to what negative thing is being done to them at that moment, not according to what happened in them in the past. All prey animals are bound to defend themselves against being restrained or something painful or whatever, but not because they're going to get killed.

Cows, like all animals except humans, have a much different concept of death and killing than we humans do. FYI, cows don't fear death like you seem to be implying, and they don't fear death on the same level we humans do. So saying that cows are defending themselves because they know they're going to be killed by humans is completely wrong.

I don't agree with animal torture either, but I really don't agree with people who think animals should have rights and animals are like humans and children. Of course, like Dr. BJ said, we're all entitled to our own opinions and I just had to share mine in contrast to yours, Lalagirl. :)


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Welcome back, Wild Rose, and thanks for your refutation. I invite your comments about horses now. See one of my newest hubs: "Interview with Mr. Ed - Horse Facts and Horse Trivia."


Stockshowismylife 4 years ago

I would like some advice on a steer I just bought to raise for stockshow. It's a Brahman and I unfortunately take an Agricultural FFA class where we learned all about the different breeds of beef cattle and while dairy bulls are aggressive, brahmas are the most aggressive beef breed. He has been dehorned and castrated but I'm still terrified. Because at my local stockshow this year, a brahma steer continued getting away from it's owner(they hadn't worked much with it). It nearly trampled me coming out of the show ring and scared me when I was sitting in a chair with my little sister on my lap and ran right up to us, because men had cornered it, and was less than a foot from my face.... I had raised a cross of brangus and main-Anjou at the time and he was just as sweet as they could get. And I was so excited to get a new steer but fainted when I saw it was a brahma!!( my head us still slightly sore) Do have any advice on how to calm it or overcome my fear?


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WildRoseBeef 4 years ago from Alberta, Canada

The fact that Brahmans are the most aggressive breed ever is a BIG load of crapola. The reason that Brahmans are "aggressive" is because they CANNOT be cowboyed like the other European and British breeds can. They have to be treated quite a bit differently, since they are much more sensitive and more responsive to calm, caring handlers than those that are aggressive. When you get aggressive with a brahman, they'll get aggressive with you right back! If you're calm, quiet and respectful of them, they'll be calm, quiet and respectful right back, even when handling them.

So what YOU need to do is to BE CALM around that steer, don't try to do anything turn into a nasty P.O.S. Feed him, groom him, talk to him, and just relax. Don't be nervous around him otherwise he'll just mirror your feelings just like a cat or dog will.

I'm really surprised you had a brangus-Maine cross that was really sweet to you like you said, usually maines are the ones to watch out for since they're pretty high-strung animals themselves, coupled with having angus and brahman in the mix.

Take your time with the new steer, don't rush things and don't be rough with him.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hello, stockshowismylife. Guess I now know how you spend much of your time. Thank you for your question about your new Brahman steer. My friend, WildRoseBeef (don't you love her name?) has offered you very solid advice based on her bovine experience. Your new steer will be calm if you are calm. As WRB suggests, talk to him, and be calm, quiet and respectful. If he senses that you are calm and not fearful he will be calm, too.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, WildRoseBeef, thank you for your helpful and thoughtful information for 'Stockshowismylife.' Your visit is appreciated.


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WildRoseBeef 4 years ago from Alberta, Canada

Not a problem. :) I should've mentioned that, instead of "since they are much more sensitive and more responsive to calm, caring handlers than those that are aggressive" I should've said "since they're more sensitive and more responsive to calm, caring handlers and even doubly so with aggressive ones" due to the simple fact that they tend to want to fight back. They won't fight you if you're not whooping and hollerin' and trying to whip their rears to get them moving.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Thanks for the addendum, WildRose. Your advice works well for 'handling' humans, too.


reagan:) 4 years ago

this web site really helped me for my school project! i couldn't find anyting for house until this!!!


Anon:) 4 years ago

Great article! I have no idea why I even read this, but if I ever do a project on cows I'll defiantly come here!


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Andy Mann 4 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

I have always believed the diary cow was the most pampered cow of all...


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toknowinfo 4 years ago

Hi drbj, Another very enjoyable hub of yours. I have one more piece of trivia, although it has not been fully tested, when cows are grazing, they normally stand aligned in a north - south direction. When they stand next to power lines, which emit a mild electromagnetic field, they point in all different directions. I really enjoyed all the info in this wonderful hub. Thanks for compiling it. Rated up all the way.


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WildRoseBeef 4 years ago from Alberta, Canada

toknowinfo, the cattle I've been around have never done that, nor the thing with the power lines. I've gotten cattle aligned all along the fence under a power line, not in all directions. Cattle, in my experience, never graze in a north-south direction, but in a way that they first go away from the point where water and mineral are, then back again, often circling a little ways from the fence line. Our pastures were located in such a way that cattle traveled east to water and west to pastures and back again, and grazed as such, only going north or south when their on their route to go back west again, or on their way back to water. I've seen this a lot with other neighbor's cattle. As a matter of fact, most cattle graze with their backs or fronts toward the prevailing winds, not like a compass.


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toknowinfo 4 years ago

Well like I said on my 2nd line, it hasn't been fully tested. You are far more of an expert than I , since I can't even own a cow where I live. It is just something I read about. So thanks for sharing your expertise. It is fascinating.


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WildRoseBeef 4 years ago from Alberta, Canada

Not a problem. :)


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Sorry about the delay, reagan. Happy you found pertinent cow information here. It was my pleasure.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Thanks for the kind words, Anon. Yes, please do return if you ever have a cow project. Defiantly or otherwise. :)


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Andy. I agree that dairy cows may have felt pampered when the farmer personally did the milking. Now with modern milking machines, the cows may not feel quite so pampered. Thanks for the visit.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

What a treat to find you here, toknowinfo. Thank you for finding this bovine hub and the Up rating. My loyal reader, WildRoseBeef, seems to know cows forwards and backwards so I will take her word for their varied stance. Maybe they just have a faulty GPS.

Thanks to you, too, WRB. :)


chloe 4 years ago

ooh do one about horses i love cows and horses!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida Author

Me, too, chloe - I love cows . . . and horses . . . and pigs! Thanks for finding this. I did do one about horses - 'Interview with Mr. Ed - Horse Facts and Horse Trivia.' And also - 'Pig Facts and Pig Trivia.'


emily 3 years ago

i just want to now that why do cows walk in a sraight line


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you for your profound question, emily. Cows walk in a straight line because a straight line is the shortest distance between two points. It has not been proven but they may also possess an internal GPS system. Just sayin'.


??? 3 years ago

thnx


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

U R most welcome!


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

You know, drbj, I have often heard the expression bull**** but knowing how much manure cows produce maybe it should be cow**** as well...

And yeah that whole cow tongue thing...I got tricked into eating it once. I had gone to NY to visit my cousins and we had a knish--a little southern girl had never had such an exotic sounding dish so I ate up only to find out later it was cow tongue....gahhh.

Thanks for the trivia...if I am on a game shop I am hooked up

Angels are on the way :) ps


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

You make a very good point, Patricia. We usually concentrate on the amount of milk a cow produces and not the udder stuff. But as you pointed out, 10 tons of $h!t a year is a lotta manure.

I had cow tongue once just to try it and I might have enjoyed it if I didn't know what it was. That knowledge ruined my taste buds for sure. Now read this article 25 times more and you'll be the queen of cow trivia. So nice to see your here, m'luv.


AnotherAB 2 years ago

I wonder as Emily did, why do cows walk in long straight rows with an even pace when moving across a field?


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ArtDiva 22 months ago from Yountville, CA

Hi drbj,

Think I now know more about cows than I do about myself. Ha!


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drbj 22 months ago from south Florida Author

Hi, AnotherAB. Cows generally want to be part of a herd and when they move to and from the pasture, usually follow a leader - the 'bossy' of the herd. That's how cow-paths are formed.


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drbj 22 months ago from south Florida Author

Nice to meet you, ArtDiva. Delighted to have you stop by and learn so much more about cows.


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SAQIB6608 22 months ago from HYDERABAD PAKISTAN

20 people a year are killed by cows in the United States. ? Really? Very new to me.

Interested Read however. Appreciated


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drbj 22 months ago from south Florida Author

Appreciate your appreciation, SAQIB, and not surprised that the fatality statistic is news to you. Most people are unaware of it. Thanks for finding this interesting.

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