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.
What does a Cow look like?
Cows are big, blocky creatures that come in a variety of colours, sizes and even shapes. Most images that come to mind of cows are animals that are white with large black spots and big udders that feed out in the green pasture and come into the barn to be milked. However not all cows come in black-and-white: the can be all brown, all white, all black, all yellow and even all red; some even come in an orangy colour. Still others have a black, red, yellow, brown or orange body with a white face.
Where does the Cow live?
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.
What does a Cow eat?
Cows are ruminants, which make them herbivorous (plant eating) animals. A ruminant has a stomach with four chambers designed to break down fibrous plant material that monogastrics such as humans cannot digest properly. It is thus that cows primarily eat grasses and legumes not only restricted to open fields, but also out on pastures and rangelands.
How many cows are there?
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!
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