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A British White cow at the Romsey Show
Adaptaur cow
Cows are raised in many different countries around the world, mainly for the cows natural resources such as milk, meat and leather. In India the cow is seen as a sacred animal.

There are thought to be nearly 1.5 million cows worldwide, most of the cows are sadly kept by farmers but there is sure to be the odd rouge escaped wild cows somewhere!

Cows spend their days in herds of around 40-50 cows, grazing on the grasslands and shrubbery. There is an old English tale which claims that cows will always sit down when its going to rain.

The cow is known well amongst farmers for its ability to interbreed with species that are closely related to the cow. These can include yaks and bison, where these animals have been successful bred with the cow to produce hybrid cattle. Oddly enough though, the cow is unable to successfully breed with buffalo or water buffalo.

The cow has just one stomach (not four) but the cows stomach contains four separate compartments that work with the complex digestive system of the cow which allows the cow to control substances that are difficult and near impossible for many other animals to digest.

It is commonly thought that cows, mainly male cows called bulls, are aggravated by the colour red. This is in fact not true as cows are colour blind and cannot distinguish between different colours. This common misconception has come about from the days of bull fighting where trainers were typically seen using a red flag. It is not the colour of the flag that would spur the cow on but in fact, the waving of the material itself.

It is thought that around 18% of the greenhouse gases that are currently being released into the atmosphere are coming from livestock such as cows. This is due to the methane that cows expel through burping and flatulence.


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"I love cows so much! I`m with all of the time at my dairy farm. "

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Cow Translations

Bosnian Bosanski
Krava
 
Catalan Català
Bou
 
Czech Cesky
Tur domácí
 
Danish Dansk
Tamkvæg
 
German Deutsch
Hausrind
 
English English
Cattle
 
Spanish Español
Bovinos
 
Esperanto Esperanto
Bovo
 
Finnish Suomi
Nauta
 
French Français
Taureau
 
Galician Galego
Vaca
 
Hebrew עִבְרִית
פרה
 
Hungarian Magyar
Szarvasmarha
 
Indonesian Bahasa Indonesia
Sapi
 
Italian Italiano
Mucca
 
Japanese 日本語
ウシ
 
Malay Bahasa Melayu
Lembu
 
Dutch Nederlands
Rundvee
 
Norwegian Norsk
Storfe
 
Polish Polski
Krowa
 
Portuguese Português
Bos taurus
 
Slovenian Slovenščina
Krava
 
Swedish Svenska
Ko
 
Turkish Türkçe
Sığır
 
Chinese 中文
家牛
 

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Cow Facts

Kingdom:
Five groups that classify all living things...
Animalia
Phylum:
A group of animals within the animal kingdom...
Chordata
Class:
A group of animals within a pylum...
Mammalia
Order:
A group of animals within a class...
Artiodactyla
Family:
A group of animals within an order...
Bovidae
Genus:
A group of animals within a family...
Bos
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Bos Taurus
Type:
The animal group that the species belongs to...
Mammal
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats...
Herbivore
Size (L):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
1.5m - 1.8m (5ft - 6ft)
Weight:
The measurement of how heavy the animal is...
400kg - 800kg (881lbs - 1,760lbs)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal...
40km/h (25mph)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for...
12 - 20 years
Lifestyle:
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable...
Herd
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
Threatened
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
Brown, Black, White
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Leather
Favourite Food:Grass
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives...
Forest and grassland
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once...
1
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Grass, Seeds, Flowers
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Human, Bears, Wolves
Distinctive Features:
Characteristics unique to the animal...
Thick leathery skin and complex digestive system

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YakYak
There are only a few left in the wild!
ZebuZebu
There are around 75 different species!