These awesome animals can be used for many things, such as to feed our families, breed to make more, or even to make milk.(For us or other animals.)
To get us started im going to tell you some interesting things about these cool animals!
1.) A cow produces about 200,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime.
2.) A cow stands up and sits down about 14 times a day.
3.) A cow has almost total 360-degree oanoreamic vision.
4.) Cows have very good sence of smell. They can smell thing up to six miles away.
You can make many things off of cows. Some of the things include, cheese, milk, cottage cheese, yogurt, icecream(out of milk), then out of the cows them selves you can make, hamburger, steak, and you could also make rugs, belts, and other personal items.
When feeding these animals you want to make sure that you get pleanty of nutrients and many other things that are very important fot there diet when they are younger so they can grow to look nice.
You want to make sure that their diets are rationalized so you dont get them to fat or to make sure there getting enough of what all your giving them.
When a cow is out grazing it dosnt bite off the grass. CRAZY RIGHT!!! The cow actually curles their tounge around it and rips it off. A cow spends about 6-7 hours eating cud and around 8 hours chewing on it. All cows chew about 50 times a minut. In the process of chewing and all of this a cow moves its jaw about 40,000 timesa day!
Now to move on to the cows water diet. A cow will drink up to 35 gallons of water a day. The water requirements are all different for growing cattle, dry dow, pairs and a bull. For growing cattle it is requred they have at least 2 gallons of water daily, for a dry cow its onely 1 gallon, for a pair it is 2 gallons, then for a bull it is only 1 gallon.
Most cows you will see will be in a pasture. some cows are kept in feed lots or in smaller pins. They are usually kept like this when their owner is trying to either fatten them up or they dont have any grass to put them out on. Usually the winter is when you keep all your spring calvers close because when you go to check them you dont have to drive as far to check them. Usually when the cows are calving in the winter they need checked at least 3 or 4 time throughout the night if its really cold and has snowed just to make sure none of them are having complacations or the calves arn't having troubles staying warm.
Durring calving season it is very important that you have smaller pins in a sheltered area for cown and their babies when they have been having troubles to thart way when you are cheacking on them it will be eaisier as well that way you dont have to go out and look through them all just to cheack on one to make sure it is feeling better.
Another thing is docturing the calves when their born and then if they get sick. When they are born you need to have a bander if its a male and then a shot, a measurer, and a tagger. For the bandder you only need it is its male and if its not a registered calf/cow, then the shot is just an all the time kinda thing just to make sure its healthy, then the tagging is so you know what baby goes with what cow, and the measurer is only for the purebread calves so we knpw how much they weigh. When we tag our calves we put the tag in the right ear if its a bull and it the left if its a girl and the number of the mom and out last name goes on the tag. Another thing is the color of the tag, for our peerbreads we use yellow tags and for our regulars we use orange tags.
The cowns scientific name is Bos primigenus. They are expected to live at least 15 years on average. Now There are many diffrent breeds of cattle. To be exact there are actually 64 diffrent breeds!
Im going to name them all and then put wich one they are next to and a little infor mation.
*THE CATTLE IN THE PICTURES ARE ALL BULLS!*