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10 Amazing facts about Cattle

What do you know about these animals?

  • Cows have almost total 360 degree panoramic vision and are able to see colors, except red.

  • In optimal keeping conditions the average lifespan of a cow is 20 years. You can guess the age of a cow that has horns by counting the number of rings on the horns.

  • The typical cow stands up and sits down about 14 times a day.

  • Cows have a great sense of smell. They can smell something up to 6 miles away.

  • The average cow will eat about 100 lbs. of feed per day.

  • Cows can hear lower and higher frequencies better than humans.

  • Cows are gentle, social animals. They have the ability to recognize more than 100 other cows, and they form close friendships with members of their herd. Researchers report that cows grieve when their friends or family members die.

  • Cows drink the equivalent of a bathtub full of water each 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.

Sources: 

  1. http://www.vetstreet.com/our-pet-experts/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-cows
  2. Gracery, J.F., Collins, D., Huey, R. (2015): Gracey´s Meat Hygiene, p. 37.