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10 Amazing Facts About Cattle

Updated: Feb 6, 2023

Cattle have been part of human culture and society for over 10,000 years. As human's moved from nomadic hunter-gather peoples to cultivating crops and farms the domestication of livestock quickly followed.

Today there are well over 800 distinct breeds of cattle that humans have domesticated or have played an active role in selectively breeding.

Fun facts about cows.

  1. You may already know about this but cow milk is delicious! You can also make so many things with it. I mean, where would we be without cheese pizza?

  2. There are over 800 different cattle breeds.

  3. Cattle are herd animals and so need to watch out for predators. Cows can see almost 360 degrees.

  4. Cows are big animals and they chew a lot of food! Cows spend about 8 hours a day chewing and chew 40-50 times a minutes. Eating machines. And all those cows take a lot of space. Cows and other livestock use over 77% of all the arable agriculture land on earth.

  5. Cows sleep standing up. They also lay on the ground too.

  6. The rumen, their stomach with 4 parts, can hold up to 50 gallons of food. Just for perspective, a bathtub can hold about 30-50 gallons of water. Those cows convert feed, like grasses and grains, into muscle, bone, and fat.

  7. The hamburger debuted at the Worlds Fair in St. Louis in 1904.

  8. A holstein has lots of black spots which are unique and like fingerprints.

  9. Cows can live for more than 20 years. The average age is only about 2 years old though. They are mostly raised for meat.

  10. How long are cows pregnant for? Cows are like humans. And just like people, cows are pregnant for 9 months.

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