Interesting Facts about Cows

Interesting Facts about Cows

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Random and interesting facts about cows

At first glance, cows might seem to be simple animals, but they’re not! Cows are fascinating animals. For instance did you know that cows can smell something up to 6 miles away, or that cows can produce 125 lbs. of saliva in one day. Here’s a list of interesting facts:

  1. Cows are social animals, and they naturally form large herds. And like people, they will make friends and bond to some herd members, while avoiding others
  2. Cows are red-green colorblind. In a bullfight, its the waving of the cape that attracts the bull not the red color
  3. A cow’s heart beats between 60 and 70 beats per minute
  4. Cows can hear lower and higher frequencies better than humans.
  5. An average dairy cow weighs about 1,200 pounds.
  6. A cows normal body temperature is 101.5°F.
  7. The average cow chews at least 50 times per minute.
  8. The typical cow stands up and sits down about 14 times a day.
  9. An average cow has more than 40,000 jaw movements in a day.
  10. Cows actually do not bite grass; instead they curl their tongue around it.
  11. Cows have almost total 360-degree panoramic vision.
  12. Cows have a single stomach, but four different digestive compartments.
  13. Cows are pregnant for 9 months just like people
  14. A dairy cow can produce 125 lbs. of saliva a day
  15. Cows spend 8 hours per day eating, 8 hours chewing her cud (regurgitated, partially digested food), and 8 hours sleeping
  16. You can lead a cow upstairs, but not downstairs. Cows knees can’t bend properly to walk downstairs.
  17. Cows can’t vomit
  18. The average cow drinks 30 to 50 gallons of water each day
  19. The average cow produces 70 lbs. of milk. That’s 8 gallons per day!
  20. Cows only have teeth on the bottom
  21. Cows have a great sense of smell. They can smell something up to 6 miles away
  22. Dairy cows are economic job creating machines! 1 dairy cow creates 4 full time jobs in the local community
  23. A Holstein’s spots are like a fingerprint. No two cows have exactly the same pattern of black and white spots. They are all different
  24. The average cow will eat about 100 lbs. of feed per day

Let me Know!

Which facts did you find the most interesting or surprising? Let me know in the comments below

35 COMMENTS

  1. If cows cannot walk downstairs how do they get off the top deck of a truck. I heard cows are color blind so they do not know if you are wearing red. Bulls I mean.

    • Good catch George, I did some more research. Cows can see most colors, but they are red-green colorblind

  2. How intelligent and sensitive are cows? Do you think it bothers them to be in the mud or cold? Do they like humans? I’m 47 and live next to a farm in Westtown, NY….see my cow pals all the time. And I always think about these things when I go past “my” farm.

    • Hi Barbara,

      That’s awesome that you get to see cows all the time. I know many people don’t have that opportunity. That’s why I started this blog so people could see pictures of cows!

      To answer your questions, I think cows are pretty intelligent, and some like people. It really depends though. I think it’s like all animals; some are smarter than others and some like people more than others. Each one has a unique personality.

      I don’t think the cold or mud bothers them much. Cows actually prefer colder temperatures, and can withstand some pretty cold weather. If you think about it, they are wearing leather coats. They actually love mud. Whenever there is a wet spot in their pens, they will stand in it. I think they probably think it’s a good way to cool off. Muds not good though, so we try to keep them clean and dry.

  3. Haha, pretty amazing stuff. I’ve always loved cows. I’m getting my DVM soon and I’ve been thinking about specializing in livestock.

  4. I’m so amazed that cows can percieve the smell of something up to six (6) miles away….I mean I did’nt know that before now; its so amazing.

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