Cows Facts

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Looking for amazing facts and informations about Cows? Below you can discover thirty-one curiosities that are real, even if they are weird or funny, so please make sure to vote what you think is interesting!

Quick cows info box

  • Life span: 15 and 25 years
  • Where he lives (living environment): Households
  • Scientific name: Bos Taurus
  • What eats (main food): Grass, seeds, flowers
  • Predators (those who hunt / eat this animal): People, bears, wolves
  • Diet / Category: Herbivore / Mammal
  • On which continents are found: Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Australia, Europe.

Discover interesting Cows facts

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Mahatma Ghandi described a cow as "a poem of compassion", also stating that "I worship the cow and I shall defend its worship against the whole world".
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A Japanese fishing boat sank because a Russian cargo plane dropped a live cow from 30,000 feet.
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The first cows in the America arrived with Christopher Columbus on his second voyage.
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Cows do not produce milk until after they have given birth.
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A cow will chew for up to eight hours a day. Cows move their jaws about 40,000 times a day.
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Cows are worshiped and celebrated during many different festivals throughout India.
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Cows can see almost 360 degrees. This near-panoramic view lets them watch for predators from all angles. However, they don’t see well straight in front of them so they will typically turn their head to look at you.
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Like humans, cows form close friendships and choose to spend much of their time with 2-4 preferred individuals. They also hold grudges for years and may dislike particular individuals.
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All "cows" are female. Males are called bulls or steer.
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Cows can sleep while they’re standing.
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Happier cows really do produce more milk, and simply calling cows by individual names ups production by 3.5%.
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A cow can produce 6 gallons of milk a day!
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According to a poll by the "Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy", 7% of American adults think chocolate milk comes from brown cows.
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Until the 1850’s most American families owned their own cows.
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Almost 2,000 quarter pound hamburgers can be made from the ground beef in one cow.
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Horses and cows are unable to vomit.
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In 2009, a team of researchers from the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of agriculture announced that they’d successfully mapped the bovine genome. The results? Cattle have about 22,000 genes, and a whopping 80% of those are shared with humans. (Another 10% are shared with dogs and rodents.) Source
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The first cow to fly in an airplane was Elm Farm Olliein February 1930. (Incidentally also the first cow to be milked on an airplane.)
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In India where they practice the Hindu religion cows are sacred and are allowed to roam the streets free.
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The milk bottle was invented in 1884. Plastic milk containers came later, in 1964.
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Cows are a big fan of a genuinely good rubdown just like dogs. They love being rubbed on their back, neck and head.
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Cows have an acute sense of smell and can detect odors up to six miles away.
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Cows are ruminants, which are cud chewing mammals. Other ruminant animals are sheep, giraffe, goats, and deer, just to name a few.
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There are over 800 different cattle breeds recognized worldwide. Beef breeds are raised for their meat and dairy breeds are raised to produce milk.
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The color red doesn’t make bulls angry. In fact, cows are red-green colorblind! In bullfights, it’s the motion of the cape that draws the bull’s attention, not the color.
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Cow milk can be good for you. It has a lot of nutrients including protein, calcium, vitamin D, B12, and potassium. Milk also supports healthy bones and teeth.
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Cows have no upper front teeth. They press their sharp bottom teeth against the top hard palate of their mouth to cut blades of grass.
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Cows gestation lasts the same amount of time as human pregnancy, nine months.
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Cows have 4 digestive compartments in one stomach – the rumen (this is where the cud comes from); the reticulum; omasum; and abomasum (this is sort of like a human’s stomach)
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Farmers in Botswana have started painting eyes on their cow’s bottoms to stop lions from attacking them.
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The oldest cow ever recorded was a Dremon named "Big Bertha" that died 3 months shy of her 49th birthday on New Years Eve, 1993. Big Bertha also holds the record for lifetime breeding as she produced 39 calves.

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