FACTS ABOUT COWS
Wild cows and calves are always together in a herd.
 
Cows can take aspirin but they can’t take antibiotics.
 
Cows can drink up to 35 gallons of water a day.
 
Cows can eat 40 pounds of grass a day.
 
Contrary to popular belief, cows do not have 4 stomachs; they have 4 digestive compartments:
 
  • The rumen holds up to 50 gallons of partially digested food. This is where cud comes from. Good bacteria in the rumen helps digest the cows food and provides protein for the cow.
  • The reticulum is called the hardware stomach because if cows accidentally eat hardware (like a piece of fencing scrap), it will often lodge here causing no further damage.
  • The omasum is sort of like a filter.
  • The abomasum which is like our stomach.
 
Cows can smell something up to 6 miles away.
 
Cows do not bite grass: they curl their tongue around it.
 
Cows have 32 teeth:
 
  • 8 incisors on the bottom front
  • 6 molars on the top and bottom of each side
  • A tough pad of skin instead of teeth on the top front
 
 
A cow chews her cud (regurgitated, partially digested food) for up to 8 hours each day.
 
 
Cows are ruminants, which are cud chewing mammals. Sheep and camels also are ruminants.
 
Average life of a cow is 25 years.
 
The oldest cow was Bertha. She died just 3 months before her 49thbirthday!
 
 
Different cows make different kinds of milk.