Cattle

Cattle are living beings with needs, wants and feelings, just like you and I. They require time, money, love, understanding and commitment. Having cattle in your life can be a wonderful experience and very rewarding, but only if you ensure you and your family understand and accept all that will be required of you as a responsible, loving cattle guardian (owner).

Check out the Health section to learn how to determine if cattle are cows, heifers, steers, or bulls. 


Animal Care - Cow

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Cattle are herbivores – this means they only eat plants and no meat.

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Baby cattle are called “calves”

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Cattle are social animals, and form close friendships. Cattle will usually choose to spend much of their time with their favourite cattle friends and may dislike particular cattle.

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In India, cattle are considered sacred and are allowed to roam the streets freely.

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Due to farming, there are over a billion cattle in the world.

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Cattle usually weigh between 720 – 1100kg!

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Cattle can live up to 25 years old.

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Catte are ruminants. This means that they have four stomachs! 

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Cattle spots are unique, like humans’ finger prints. No two cattle's spots are exactly the same!

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Cows cannot produce milk until she has had a calf.

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Cattle only have bottom teeth.

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Cattle swallow their food, spit it back up, and chew it all over again. This is called ‘chewing the cud’, and is part of how their special stomach works.

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Cattle can hold up to 190 litres of food that has been partially digested in their stomach.

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Cattle stand up and lay down about 14 times a day.

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Cattle have a great sense of smell and can smell up to 9km away!

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Cattle do not actually bite grass - instead, they curl their tongue around it.

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Cattle can hear lower and higher frequencies better than humans.

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Cattle can doze standing up, but they only sleep deeply when lying down.

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Cattle are very curious and inquisitive animals who will often investigate anything new!