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.

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The milk bottle was invented in 1884. Plastic milk containers came later, in 1964.
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A cow can produce 6 gallons of milk a day!
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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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Horses and cows are unable to vomit.
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Until the 1850’s most American families owned their own cows.
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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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Cows can sleep while they’re standing.
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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 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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Cows are worshiped and celebrated during many different festivals throughout India.
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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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Farmers in Botswana have started painting eyes on their cow’s bottoms to stop lions from attacking them.
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Cows gestation lasts the same amount of time as human pregnancy, nine months.
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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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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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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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The first cows in the America arrived with Christopher Columbus on his second voyage.
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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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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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Cows have an acute sense of smell and can detect odors up to six miles away.
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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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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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Happier cows really do produce more milk, and simply calling cows by individual names ups production by 3.5%.
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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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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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Cows do not produce milk until after they have given birth.
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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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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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Almost 2,000 quarter pound hamburgers can be made from the ground beef in one cow.
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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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All "cows" are female. Males are called bulls or steer.

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