Top Interesting Facts about the Cow

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Hindu mythology says cow is another mother of the Hindu people, do Hindu people called as Gomata (Cow as the Divine Mother). All cows are female and males are called bulls or steer. Before having a calf for the very first time, a female is called a heifer. Once she has her first calf, she becomes a cow.

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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Cows don’t eat, meet ever, they are always vegetarian fed.

Cows can see almost 360 degrees; this near panoramic view lets him watch for predators from all angles. However, they don’t see well straight in front of them.

Cows have an acute sense of smell and can detect odors up to six miles away.

Cows are very social and don’t like to be alone, if one is isolated, it’s usually because she is sick or about to give birth.

Cows have no upper front teeth. They press their sharp bottom teeth against the top, hard palate of their mouth to cut the blades of grass.

A cow has 32 teeth and will chew about 40 to 50 times a minute and the cow will chew for up to eight hours a day.

credit: third party image reference The cows move their jaws about 40,000 times a day. Cows spend about 10 hours a day lying down.

Cows will stand up and lay down about 14 times a day. Cows can sleep while they are standing.

Cows are ruminants, which are cud chewing mammals. The main stomach of a cow, the rumen holds up to 50 gallons of food that have been partially digested.

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To put that in perspective, a bathtub can usually hold 30 to 50 gallons of water.

A cow will consume about 40 pounds of food in a day. Cows can see colour.

The average body temperature of a cow is 102 degrees Fahrenheit. In the winter, cows thick skin and hair is a natural insulator.

Cows have four digestive compartments in one stomach: the rumen, the reticulum, omasum and abomasum (this is sort of like a human stomach).

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