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10 amazing facts about cows


  • Cows have almost total 360 degree panoramic vision and are able to see colors, except red.[1]
  • Cows can reach an age of 18 to 22 years, some may even live 25 years. You can guess the age of a cow that has horns by counting the number of rings on the horns.[2]
  • The typical cow lies down to rest 5-10[3]  times a day. Cows rest 12 hours a day.
  • Cows have a great sense of smell. They can smell something up to 6 miles away.[4]
  • The average cow will eat about 100-200 lbs gras per day[5]. Cows grase 8-12 hours a day.
  • Cows can hear lower and higher frequencies better than humans.
  • They are gentle, social animals. They have the ability to recognize at least 50 to 70 other cows of their heard, and form close friendships. [6]
  • Cows can drink the equivalent of a bathtub full of water in a day.
  • Cows are pregnant for 9 months just like people and produce milk only when having given birth.
  • They "moo" and use different body positions and facial expressions to communicate with each other [7].



[2] Gracery, J.F., Collins, D., Huey, R. (2015): Gracey´s Meat Hygiene, p. 37.