Cows and Cattle

Cattle (also commonly referred to as bovines or cows) are domesticated livestock that are raised for beef and/or milk in almost every corner of the world. Note: Cows are female mature bovines, Bulls are intact male bovines, Steers are castrated male bovines, and Heifers are female bovines that have not calved. Any questions about cows and cattle that are not covered in other cattle categories can be asked and answered here.

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Animated TV Series

Is Goofy a cow or dog?

Goofy is an anthropomorphic dog. The character, originally named "Dippy Dawg," made his debut in a 1932 cartoon short called Mickey’s Revue. Months later, the same character surfaced in other cartoons looking younger, and by 1934, he was going by the name “Goofy.”

In 2012, an internet rumor began circulating stating that Goofy was actually modeled on a breed of Scottish cow, but that has since been discredited. Some of the confusion may stem from the fact that Goofy is sometimes shown as having a romantic interest in the character of Clarabelle Cow. However, the two have notable differences in appearance—Clarabelle is clearly a cow due to her horns, short ears, and pronounced snout, none of which Goofy has. The resemblance between Goofy and Pluto, Mickey Mouse’s dog, is much more apparent.

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How much do cows weigh?

Mature weights of cows depend on the breed. Smaller breeds of cattle such as Dexter and Jersey mature anywhere between 600 and 1000 lbs (or 272 kg to 454 kg). Large Continental breeds such as Charolais, Marchigiana, Belgian Blue and Chianina mature up to 1400 to 2500 lbs (or 635 kg to 1134 kg). British-breed cows such as Hereford, Angus (including Red Angus and Black Angus), and Shorthorn mature between 1000 to 2000 lbs (or 454 kg to 907 kg), occasionally higher particularly with Angus and Hereford.

Bulls will always be a bit larger than cows by a few extra hundred pounds. Chianina bulls can weigh up to 3300 lbs (~1500 kg); British bulls like Angus and Hereford can weigh as little as 2000 lbs (907 kg) to as much as 3000 lbs (1361 kg).

**Note: It is a bit hard to generalize or average out the weight of all cattle because different breeds have different averages of weights. However, according to some sources, the average weight of all cattle is 1660 lbs (753 kg). Finishing steers in the feedlot average out to ~1400 lbs (or around 640 kg); Cows about 1600 lbs (725 kg), and Bulls about 2400 lbs (~1090 kg).

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History of India

Why is the cow sacred in India?

Indians consume milk on a daily basis, and the cow as a provider of milk, is equated to one's mother (hence the expression Gomäta = mother cow). Traditionally, Indians had cows in every household. They were part of the family, with names and personalities. Just like one would not hurt/eat their pets, the Indians did not hurt the cows and respected them. The cow has a special role in the Hindu mythologies; Kamadhenu is a wish-fulfilling cow. A cow is also depicted as vehicle of several deities. Many social reform movements in India (Jainism, Buddhism, the Bhakti Movement, Gandhi's non-violent movement) advocated non-violence, and no cruelty to animals. So in India, other animals also (like elephants, mice, monkeys) are considered holy. That said, many ethnic communities do eat beef in India. The cow meat is consumed by Roman Catholics, Anglo-Indians, and several other non-Brahmin Hindu communities. However Slaughter of the cows is banned in several states keeping in view the sentiments of Hindu religion.

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Do cows have toes?

Yes, they have two toes per foot or hoof, since they are cloven-hooved animals. They also have two dewclaws on the back of each foot, however these are usually not considered "toes."

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Did prehistoric cows ever exist?

Yes they did, as a matter of fact. Aurochs and Celtic Longhorns are a couple of species that have been found to have existed in prehistoric times. The South Devon and the Ancient White Park, among other ancient breeds, are supposedly breeds that have originated in the prehistoric time period.

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Transportation and Logistics
Farm Crops

How do you plant hay fields?

Planting hay is quite simple, all you need is a tractor and a seed planter. This is a machine that attaches to the Power take off (PTO) on the tractor and will evenly dispurse the seeds. Hay does not need the amount of tractor work other crops do, most hay feilds are natural grasses that are already growing (however, farmers do add in a variety of grasses), hay fields do not need to be sprayed or cutivated pre or post planting.

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Cattle Health

Are clay pigeons harmful to cattle?

Yes, they blend in extremely well with the grass and earth. Cattle that try consume them often will choke on them if they are swallowed, especially if the "bird" is small enough.

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How do cows survive in the cold weather?

The cows grow a thick winter coat that will protect them from all but the coldest of temperatures. If there are enough food resources, they will also lay down a thick layer of subcutaneous fat to help insulate them. Cows are temperate zone creatures and have evolved to handle much colder temperatures than humans can tolerate without protection. The only times a cow will have problems with cold weather are if it gets extremely cold (below zero before the wind chill), gets wet and then is exposed to cold weather or doesn't have the body fat and winter coat to handle the weather.

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A cow's digestive processes creates a substantial amount of heat, so feeding them extra helps them during a cold spell (even if the feed is low quality hay). Dairy cows often get frostbite on their teats, which makes milking difficult. Young calves without shelter often get sick or die in cold and wet weather. Adequate feed, windbreak, and dry bedding to lie down on are the most important things cows need to survive severe cold.

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Cattle Diets and Nutrition

How many stomachs do cattle have?

The basic answer that most people look for from this question is that cattle, a cow, or any other bovine such as a bull, a steer, a heifer, or even a bison or buffalo has FOUR stomachs. However, physiologically speaking, cattle donot have four stomachs; they have four digestive compartmentsinterconnected as a single stomach.

The four digestive compartments in order are:

  1. Reticulum (the hardware stomach, where foreign objects collect that cannot pass through the digestive system; this compartment is also responsible for further breakdown processes from the rumen, and is the compartment where partly digested feed is collected to be regurgitated as cud.)
  2. Rumen (where bacteria and protozoa break down cellulose, hemi-cellulose, lignin and fibre from plant material; this is where the process of fermentation takes place)
  3. Omasum (absorbs water and digestible nutrients)
  4. Abomasum (which would be the true stomach, as it is in humans)

One thing that should be noted is that because the abomasum is considered to be the true stomach (and the only functional stomach compartment when a calf, a newborn bovine, is born), the other three compartments are simply an extension of the esophagus. Thus the primary reason that a bovine only has one stomach and not four. The definition of a stomach is that it is an organ which secretes enzymes, acids and other digestive compounds which enable the ability to break down food to mere molecules. Since a cow does not have four of these types of stomachs, it is safe to say that, physiologically, a cow or any other ruminant only has one stomach with four compartments.

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Are cows territorial?

They can be.

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Dairy Management and Production

What kind of milk do brown cows give?

A brown cow gives white milk. All cows give white-colored milk, no matter what their breed or coat color. However, brown-colored breeds such as Jersey, Guernsey, and Brown Swiss, generally give creamier milk with a higher milk-fat content than black-and-white Holsteins, but usually smaller quantities.

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Is a female bullock called a cheese?

No, "female bullocks" are called heifers. Bullocks are referred to steers or young bulls.

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Are bulls boy cows?

Technically, no. There is no such thing as "boy cows." Cows are female mature bovines, never either female or male or both female and male like horses, goats and sheep can be referred to. Bulls are intact male bovines that are used for breeding.

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What are mature male cattle called?

They are generally known as bulls, which are intact males used to breed cows and heifers. Steers (being castrated males) don't exactly mature, as they may keep growing even after the age of maturity for both bulls and cows, though more slower than when they were young.

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Cattle Breeds

Are piedmontese cattle horned or polled?

Horned, but like every horned breed, you will also find polled animals too.

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Word Games

What am I if Teachers hate me cows like me monkeys eat me and I am a 9 letter word?

Though a lot of people think that the answer "Rosemarys" is the correct answer, it isn't because a) the plural form of "rosemary" would be "rosemaries" not "rosemarys." Also b) neither the word "rosemaries" nor "rosemarys" exists in the English language. Secondly, teachers do like rosemary because it is a shrub cultivated for its spice and perfume. So the correct answer is....

Tautonyms: Words or terms made from two identical parts or syllables.

1) The teachers hate me -- because tautonyms are no longer allowed in botany

2) Cows like me -- Bison bison is a tautonym for American Bison

4) Gold likes me : the "Gold" software includes tautonyms (included at odd times)

3) Monkeys eat me -- Ziziphus zizyphus is tautonym for jujube, a fruit native to Asia. This could apply to a sweet made from jujube, or a Moroccan jujube honey.

*Over time, the letter spacing ----o-ym- has been miscopied in every conceivable way.

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What is the scientific name or taxonomic classification for Domestic Cattle?

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Subclass: Cleria

Infraclass: Theria

Order: Artiodactyla

Suborder: Cetruminantia

Infraorder: Pecora

Family: Bovidae

Subfamily: Bovinae

Tribe: Bovini

Genus: Bos

Species: Bos primigenius

Subspecies: Bos primigenius taurus and Bos primigenius indicus

Collectively, cattle are classified as Bos primigenius, with sub-classifications or subspecies being Bos primigenius taurus for the Temperate or European-type cattle and Bos primigenius indicus for the Tropical or Asian/African-type humped cattle. In the past the Aurochs (a true wild descendant of the domesticated bovines of today), Temperate and Tropical cattle were classified as three separate species: Bos primigenius, Bos taurus and Bos indicus, respectively. As new evidence is revealed about the history of the domestication of cattle and what their ancestors really were as well as how genetically close Bos taurus and Bos inidicus cattle are linked together, it is more proper to define them collectively as Bos primigenius as the species, and Bos primigenius primigenius, Bos primigenius taurusand Bos primigenius indicus as the subspecies of the Aurochs, European-type and Asian/African-type cattle, respectively.

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What is cow hide used for?

Clothing, footballs, baseballs, soccer balls and basketballs for sports, shoes, purses, wallets, saddles and tack, etc.

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How do you get to the cattle ranch in wolf quest?


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Humor & Amusement

What do cows dream of?

Bulls with LARGE.....

Horns. (what did you think?)

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Is leather made from cows?

Leather is made up of animal skin for which we use cows, goats, sheep, lambs, and pigs.
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Cattle Breeds

What is the mature weight of a Brahman Bull?

A Brahman bull can weigh around 2200 to 2600 lbs.

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Research Papers

Why do they cut holes in cows for scientific research?

Because it's more humane than having to force a cow to vomit up her feed for you to do research on it. Capsules in a cow doesn't hurt her, and is a much easier access point for researchers to see how the type of feed being fed to her is being mixed, fermented, digested and broken down in her rumen.

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What is cattle farming called?

If they are dairy cows, then its called dairy farming. If they are for beef, then its called "beef farming" or, with extensive operations, "ranching," especially in the USA and Canada. Cattle raised on an operation where the main purpose is to fatten them up in preparation for slaughter are raised on a feedlot; the name for the way cattle are fattened up in the feedlot is called "finishing" or "fattening."

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Do cows have kidneys?



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