FACTS ABOUT COWS
- A cow is a mature female, a bull is an adult male and a baby is known as a calf.
- A cow gives milk for the first time after giving birth to a calf.
- The average cow lives about 5 years.
- The oldest known cow to date lived to be 48 years old.
- Cows were domesticated about 5,000 years ago.
- Cows came to America with the Pilgrims.
- Cows are very social animals.
- A Holstein's spots are like a fingerprint. No two cows have exactly the same pattern of spots.
- The average cow drinks about 40 gallons of water and can eat over 100 pounds of feed per day.
- A cow has one stomach containing four digestive compartments.
- Cows have nearly 360 degree panoramic vision and see in all colors except red.
- Cows can detect odors up to 5 miles away.
- Cows can hear lower and higher frequencies better than humans.
- The average cow lies down and stands up 14 times per day.
- Cows do not bite grass. Rather they curl their tongue around it.
- A cow produces around 200,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime.
PRAIRIELAND DAIRY COWS ...
- Live in a well ventilated, climate controlled building.
- Lie in a cool bed of sand with shade and sprinklers during the hot summer months.
- Are inside and protected from the harsh winter winds.
- Are constantly monitored for health issues with an electronic ankle bracelet.
- Are separated from the herd and placed in a hospital barn if they become sick or injured.
- Receive round the clock veterinary care.
- Receive medications strictly according to label.
- Are given no artificial hormones (they produce milk naturally).
- Have fresh feed and bottle quality water available 24-7.