Cow Facts & Trivia

Cow Facts

  • Cows are herbivores meaning they eat grasses, plants, corn.
  • Cows have 32 teeth.
  • A cow has one stomach with four compartments. The rumen, reticulum, omasum and the abomasum.
  • Cows have almost a 360 degree panoramic field of vision.
  • A cow is a mature female and a bull is an adult male of the bovine family.
  • Cows are milked for an average of three to four years.
  • There are about 920 different breeds of cows in the world.
  • A cow must have a calf to be able to produce milk.
  • Cows can live 25 years.
  • Cows are ruminants, which are cud chewing mammals.
  • The average body temperature of a cow is around 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Until the 1850’s, nearly every family in the United States owned a cow.
  • The World Championship Cow Chip Throw is held each April in Beaver, Oklahoma.
  • People would travel with their cows in order to have milk with them.
  • There are over a billion cows in the world.
  • Cows are sacred in India.
  • Cows are color blind to red and green.
  • Cows eat around 40 pounds of food a day.
  • A cow is able to smell something as far as six miles away.
  • An average dairy cow weighs about 1290 pounds.
  • Cows chew about 50 times per minute.
  • Cows form friendship and also hold grudges for years.
  • Happier cows produce more milk.
  • A cow will walk miles to find her calves.
  • The average body temperature of a cow is 101.5 degrees F.
  • Cows live on every continent except Antarctica.
  • A cow can run 35 mph.
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Artiodactyla
  • Family: Bovidae
  • Genus: Bos
  • Cow Movies

    • Barnyard,(2006)
    • Cow Belles,(2006)
    • Home on the Range, (2004)
    • The Price of Milk, (2000)
    • The Cow, (1969)

    Cow Songs

    • Black Cow, by Steely Dan
    • Brown Chicken Brown Cow, by Track Adkins
    • For All the Cows, by Foo Fighters
    • Milk Cow Blues, by The Kinks

    Famous Cows

    • Babe the Blue Ox, from the story “Paul Bunyan”
    • Ben the Cow, from the movie “Barnyard”
    • Clarabelle Cow, the Disney cartoon character
    • Cow, from the TV show “Cow and Chicken”
    • Elsie the Cow,symbol of Borden Milk
    • Gladys the Cow, from “Sesame Street”
    • Mrs O’Leary’s Cow, Accused of burning down Chicago

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