Amazing Cow Facts for Kids

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  • Cows are also known as cattle.
  • Cows are herbivores meaning they eat grasses, plants, corn.  They do not eat meat.
  • There are many types of cows.
  • Cows are smart and intelligent animals.
  • They are also social animals and interact with other cows.
  • Cows say “moo” as a way to communicate.
  • A male is called a bull.
  • A female who has given birth is called a cow.
  • A female who has not given birth is called a heifer.
  • A baby cow is called a calf.
  • There are over 1 billion cows that live in the world!
  • Cows live on every continent except Antarctica.
  • In India where they practice the Hindu religion cows are sacred and are allowed to roam the streets free.
  • Around 300 million cows live in India!
  • Cows weigh between 400-1,600 pounds!
  • Cows have 32 teeth.
  • Cows drink 35 gallons a water a day.
  • They eat 50 pounds of food a day.
  • Cows live up to 25 years.
  • They can run 35 miles per hour.
  • In deep mud, cows can run faster than horses!
  • A cow has one stomach with four compartments.  The rumen, reticulum, omasum and the abomasum.
  • Cow are ruminates meaning they can digest food that can normally not be digested.
  • Like a human’s fingerprints, no two cow’s spots are exactly the same.
  • A cow is pregnant for nine months.  A calf is about 90 pounds when it is born.
  • Cows have an excellent sense of smell.  They can smell up to 5 miles away!
  • Beef and milk comes from cows.
  • Veal comes from calves.
  • We make most dairy products such as butter, cream, ice cream and cheese from the milk we get from cows.
  • Cows do not produce milk until after they have given birth.
  • Did you know that it takes 350 squirts from a cow to get one gallon of milk!
  • A cow can produce 6 gallons of milk a day!
  • Each dairy cow produces 200,000 cups a milk in her lifetime.
  • The glass milk bottle was invented in 1884.  The plastic milk bottle started being used in the US in 1967.
  • 21 billion gallons of milk is produced in American every year.
  • Did you know that when you eat something spicy and you get a burning feeling your mouth, drinking milk will help cool the burning feeling?
  • The state of California produces the most milk in the US, Wisconsin is number 2.
  • Cows can go up stairs but cannot walk down.
  • Until the 1850’s most American families owned their own cows.
  • Cows first came to America with pilgrims.  They arrived in the colony of Jamestown in 1611.