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Sunday, 27 July 2014



People probably domesticated cows somewhere in southwestern Asia during the early part of the New Stone Age. It most likely occurred when they were attracted to the fields of grain and robbed the locals of their food. Captured and bred the cows were farmed both for their meat and their milk.

Until the 1850s, nearly every family in the U.S. had its own cow.

Pauline Wayne, supplied President Taft with milk during his time in the White House. Pauline was allowed to freely roam the White House grounds and became a common sight and press favorite.

Elm Farm Ollie was the first cow to fly in an aeroplane. The milk she produced during an air-trip on February 18, 1930 was dropped by parachute over the city of St Louis.

When John Wayne used to stay at the Sunset Tower Hotel in Hollywood, he kept a cow on the balcony of his apartment there. When he served visitors coffee the king of the cowboy actors would wave towards the window and say: "Help yourself to milk."

A Charolais cow called Charlene Mooken was slated to meet her end at an Ohio slaughterhouse. On February 15, 2002 Charlene Mooken  jumped a 6 foot fence at a slaughterhouse in Cincinnati, and evaded pursuers for almost two weeks, making national news headlines. Impressed with her show of spirit, she was given a stay of execution and allowed to live out her days at an animal welfare sanctuary.

Charlene Mooken


Cows have "stay apparatus" in their legs -- tendons and ligaments that allow them to remain standing with minimal muscular effort. However, while this allows them to doze while standing, they can enter REM sleep and dream only while lying down.

The sweat glands in a cow are in the nose.

All cows all over the world have different patterns of spots and not a single one has identical spots to another.

Cows only have teeth on their lower jaw. Their upper jaws just have tough pads of skin.

Holstein female cow Blosom was the tallest cow ever standing at 190 centimeters, or just a little over 6.2 feet. Blosom passed away on May 25, 2015 in Illinois from an irreparable leg injury.


A cow will always get up rear legs first.

Cows show their emotions through the posture of their ears.

Cows 'moo' in regional accents.

Cows only sleep for four hours a day.

When they are isolated from their companions, cows experience separation anxiety.

A lactating mother cow will consume about 70 pounds of feed per day.

Cows eat only grass but have 25,000 taste buds: two and a half times as many as humans.

A cow on a dairy farm drinks as much as 50 gallons of water daily.

When eating, a cow chews at least 50 times a minute. It eats about 100 pounds of food a day.

The average cow makes more than 40,000 jaw movements a day and produces 15-20 gallons of saliva.

The CDC estimates that cows kill 22 people a year in the US — and 75% of those are known to be deliberate attacks.


There are approx. 1.5 billion cows in the world of which roughly a quarter are in India.

All the cows in the world weigh almost twice as much as all the people.

The Sanskrit word for “war” means “desire for more cows.”

Cows have their own Bill of Rights in India.

Argentina, Australia, Brazil  New Zealand,and Uruguay are the only countries with more cows than people.

Vermont has the greatest number of dairy cows in the US in ratio of cows to people.

Twelve or more cows are known as a "flink."


A cow can produce 25 gallons (95 liters) of milk per week.

Sixty cows can produce a ton of milk a day.

In Somerset, England in 1841, 737 cows were milked to make a 9ft-diameter cheese for Queen Victoria.

A study found that farmers who called their cows by name had a 454 pints (258 liters) higher milk yield over its annual 10 month lactation period than those who did not.

Happy cows produce more milk. Higher levels of serotonin (a chemical associated with feelings of happiness), lead to improved blood calcium in cows, reducing chance of disease and improving nutritional quality of the milk.

A cow gives nearly 200,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime.

Cows produce five times as much saliva as milk.

1 out of 3 of all cows in the US used for food purposes (beef) are used by the McDonald’s Corp.


Cows can walk upstairs but not downstairs.

On average a cow releases 70-120kg of methane per year. The global warming effect of this is equal to burning about 220 gallons of petrol.

Sources,  Compton's Interactive Encyclopedia © 1998 The Learning Company, Inc, Daily Express.

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