10 amazing facts about cows
A Meat and Dairy Industries Article from All-Creatures.org


November 2017


  1. Cows have almost total 360 degree panoramic vision and are able to see colors, except red.[1]
  2. Cows can reach an age of 18 to 22 years, some may even live 25 years. You can guess the age of a cow that has horns by counting the number of rings on the horns.[2]
  3. The typical cow lies down to rest 5-10[3] times a day. Cows rest 12 hours a day.
  4. Cows have a great sense of smell. They can smell something up to 6 miles away.[4]
  5. The average cow will eat about 100-200 lbs gras per day[5]. Cows grase 8-12 hours a day.
  6. Cows can hear lower and higher frequencies better than humans.
  7. They are gentle, social animals. They have the ability to recognize at least 50 to 70 other cows of their heard, and form close friendships.[6]
  8. Cows can drink the equivalent of a bathtub full of water in a day.
  9. Cows are pregnant for 9 months just like people and produce milk only when having given birth.
  10. They "moo" and use different body positions and facial expressions to communicate with each other [7].


[1] Kühe sehen anders als Menschen
[2] Gracery, J.F., Collins, D., Huey, R. (2015): Gracey´s Meat Hygiene, p. 37.
[3] Funktionskreis Ruhen und Schlafen
[4] 10 Things You Didn't Know About Cows
[5] Swiss Milk
[6] Funktionskreis Soziale Interaktionen
[7] Funktionskreis Soziale Interaktionen

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