Cows are the female animal once they have had a baby calf. Heifers are cows that haven't had a baby yet. Bulls are the males capable of mating and steers are bulls that have been castrated (only removing testicles). The general descriptor for the species as a whole is "cattle" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
Some ranchers around Yellowstone National Park are using old heritage breeds of cattle because those breeds are more maternal and defensive of their calves, so they are much more likely to deter predators like bears and wolves. ensia.com/features/predat…
Archimedes's cattle problem, a 2 millenium-old poem containing an arithmetical problem which involves computing the number of cattle the sun god's herd, was discovered in 1773. It took 107 years for it to be solved. The answer was 7.76x10^206544, more cattle than could fit in the universe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arc…
The first gladiatorial game of Ancient Rome was held in the city's cattle market in 264 BCE, where funeral celebrations for a former consul included combat between six war captives. Initially competitions of courage to honor the dead, gladiator matches were not publicly sponsored for 160 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gla…
Today I learned about David Gates, former member of 70’s soft rock band Bread, who studied the cattle ranching business while touring with his band. He married his highschool sweetheart, raised four children with her and is currently retired in his 1,400-acre (570 ha) ranch in Mount Vernon, Washington. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
A European group is using back-breeding in attempts to re-introduce the aurochs, a forerunner of all modern cattle which has been extinct since 1627. discovermagazine.com/plan…
Cattle Rustling is still a big issue in the West beefmagazine.com/manageme…
Today I learned of the Beefalo, a 3/8 bison and 5/8 domestic cattle hybrid designed to mix the flavor and characteristics of beef and bison meat. americanbeefaloassociatio…
Today I learned of the Scrub Bulls of Australia, wild descendants of 20 cattle released from an abandoned military post in 1849. In the 1960's researchers realized there was a population of some 1,500 feral cattle. Today they are often hunted for sport. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ban…
There is a college just outside Death Valley on a cattle ranch where tuition and room/board is free, but students are expected to work 20 hours a week on the ranch owlcation.com/academia/Fr…
During the long winter of 1886, horses and cattle on the Great Plains died when their breaths froze over the ends of their noses, making it impossible for them to breathe. amhistory.si.edu/ourstory…
Young cattle were called "dogies" because motherless calves look potbellied, being unable to digest grass yet. Dough-guts -> Dogies azcentral.com/story/trave…
Cattle in the United States are often fed chicken excrement (once cow can eat up to 3 tons of it every year) because it is cheaper than feeding them hay, grass, alfalfa, etc. huffpost.com/entry/mad-co…
If you are a driver in the United Kingdom you are required by the law to stop and report to the police if you run over a dog, a horse, a cattle, a pig, a goat, a sheep, a donkey and a mule, but not if you run over a deer, a cat, a badger or a fox. lutontoday.co.uk/cars/car…
A Zoroastrian Parsi community views burying or cremating the dead as polluting nature, rather the community offers its dead to vultures. The vulture population collapsed by 99% in 2007 (due to a drug used on local cattle), they now use solar concentrators to dehydrate the dead. npr.org/2012/09/05/160401…
Today I learned of Red Flag Laws almost enacted in Pennsylvania in 1896 which would require all motorists upon chance encounters with cattle or livestock to immediately stop the vehicle, disassemble it, and conceal the components out of sight behind nearby bushes until equestrian or livestock is pacified. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red…
Herding dogs, like border collies and Australian cattle dogs, are very intelligent. They also have very strong working instincts, which may compel them to β€œwork” at home by herding family members or other animals. This behavior may include chasing, nipping and barking. pets.thenest.com/stop-dog…
Samuel Maverick was a Texas rancher who refused to brand his cattle, which led to the word 'maverick' meaning someone who is independently minded. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
Cattle get the majority of their protein intake from digesting bacteria. They can also produce over 150 liters of saliva, daily. publish.csiro.au/ebook/ch…
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport uses the airport code MSY for Moisant Stock Yard. Its named after pioneer pilot John B Moisant crashed and died in a cattle field, now the location of the current airport, in 1910. nola.com/entertainment_li…
In 1917, 1,300 miners went on strike in Bisbee, AZ over unsafe working conditions, low pay, and long hours. The mining company hired 2,000 men and loaded the strikers at gunpoint into cattle cars for a 16 hour trip through the desert without food or water and left them in New Mexico. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bis…
The Lasso (used for roping cattle) has existed since at least 1280 BC. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las…
"farm-to-table" restaurants are lying about almost everything down to the names of local farmer purveyors, and serving farmed Asian pollock as Alaskan wild-caught, drug-addled feedlot cattle as grass-fed, and, worst of all for those following dietary customs, swapping cheaper pork for veal. eater.com/2016/7/14/12179…
Today I learned about Russian Kulaks who were wealthy or properous peasants who owned large farms or significant numbers of cattle. By 1934, through various means like forced collectivisation, the Kulaks were mostly deport to remote regions of the Soviet Union or arrested and property/land was confiscated. britannica.com/topic/kula…
Today I learned of Operation Vegetarian, a 1942 British military plan to poison German citizens by dropping anthrax-contaminated linseed cakes in beef cattle fields. While never used in war, the technique was so effective that the testing site's quarantine lasted until 1990. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
There is a common misconception that violin snares would be made of cat intestines, due to the fact that the sheep's intestines (cattle gut) that were actually used a long time ago got abbreviated to "catgut". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vio…
Today I learned about painted cattle guards, repeated painted lines in the road that cattle do not cross because they resemble traditional cattle guards. barnworld.com/cattle-guar…
The paddywack is a ligament on sheep and cattle used to keep their head up and is mentioned in the nursery rhyme because the old man is playing sheep bones as an instrument. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pad…
Gelatin is a yellowish, odorless, and nearly tasteless substance that is made by prolonged boiling of skin, cartilage, and bones from animals. It's made primarily from the stuff meat industries have left over β€” pork skins, horns, and cattle bones. popsugar.com/fitness/Gela…
Only 2 diseases have been successfully eradicated; smallpox in 1980 and rinderpest(German for cattle plague)in 2011. Rinderpest had up to 100% mortality rate among susceptible cattle populations, often leading to famine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rin…
McDonald's mixes beef from different delivery batches and the resulting batches can be made up of the meat from more than 100 cattle. mcdonalds.com/gb/en-gb/he…
An ox is just a steer (or bull) that has been trained to pull a plow, not a separate species from cattle (cows). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ox
Today I learned of Dr Cornelius Rhoads, the doctor that wanted to exterminate the Puerto Rico race. He went as far as making his patients sick and even referred to Puertoricans as experimental cattle. He didn’t face any repercussions for his actions and was even appointed the rank of Colonel in the Army. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
In 1997 Australia was declared free of Bovine TB after a decades long program of testing every head of cattle and buffalo in the heard. Associated improvements in mustering and handling techniques saw some producers reporting 50% more cattle than they thought they had. pir.sa.gov.au/aghistory/i…
Today I learned of pacu jawi, the traditional cattle race of Tanah Datar, Indonesia. The race consists of the jockey holding the tails of two cattle while they sprint across a muddy rice field. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pac…
The Masai tribe of Africa drink the BLOOD of their cattle. They don't kill them because they respect their cattle. thomsonsafaris.com/blog/t…
The word 'Maverick' originates from a person: Samuel Maverick, an 1800s Texan Politican may have inspired the term by refusing to brand his cattle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
John Stears, the Academy Award-winning special effects expert who created Bond's Aston Martin DB5, Luke Skywalker's Landspeeder, the Jedi Knights' lightsabers, and R2-D2 and C-3PO, also raised cattle and bred Borzoi show dogs on an estate in England he eventually sold to Ozzy Osbourne. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
In 1998 a group of cattle ranchers sued Oprah after she made disparaging comments about beef and 13 states have food libel laws which allows companies to sue people who speak badly about their food. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foo…
Today I learned about the Sheepshooters' War - between 1895 and 1906, Oregon cattle ranchers formed a secret organization to combat the encroachment of sheep herding on lands they considered theirs. They killed at least 25,000 sheep, and even a few people died in the skirmishes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/She…
Today I learned about Nongqawuse, a self proclaimed prophet from the Xhosa tribe in Africa. In 1856, when she was scaring birds off her uncle's property, she claimed she heard voices that told her the Xhosa needed to kill their cattle. That they did, and 40,000 people starved to death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non…
The Kenyan Masai tribe donated 14 cows to the US following the 9/11 attacks. The cattle - regarded as sacred, were the highest expression of regard and sympathy. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/ameri…
A cattle farmer, while clearing land on his Texas ranch, wrote his name in letters a kilometer tall, producing the world’s largest signature. It lies on major flight paths into Houston and NASA uses it to evaluate satellite imagery earthobservatory.nasa.gov…
Australian cattle produce 300 million cow pads per day! Native dung beetles (evolved with marsupials) couldn't cope. So CSIRO (government agency) imported 55 species of foreign dung beetle from 1967 to 1982 to solve the problem. csiropedia.csiro.au/dung-…
Today I learned of Aurochs, the prehistoric ancestors of modern-day domesticated cattle that was roughly twice the size of modern bovine. According to Julius Caesar (Gallic War - Book 5 - Chapter 28), Germanic tribes in northern Europe hunted these beasts and collected their horns for sport and status. penelope.uchicago.edu/Tha…
At the 1904 Olympics in St Louis, four water polo players died after contracting typhus from the polluted water. The artificial lake used as a venue was also used by cattle from agricultural exhibits at the 1904 Worlds Fair. sports-reference.com/olym…
Australia's largest cattle ranch is slightly larger that Israel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann…
Almost all cattle is descended from only 80 aurochs tamed in northern Mesopotamia about 10,000 years ago en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tau…
A teenage girl of the Xhosa people in Africa convinced her entire tribe to kill all their cattle, saying it would bring about a cataclysm destroying English colonizers. Tens of thousands died in the subsequent famine, and the English were unharmed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non…
There Is A Seaweed That Has Been Shown To Reduce 99% Of The Methane From Cattle irishtimes.com/news/irela…
Cows' muzzle print can be used to identify cattle pretty much like human fingerprints. academia.edu/21432299/Cat…
A young Xhosa girl had a vision instructing the tribe to kill all the cattle and destroy the crops, as a sacrifice to the ancestors who would rise up and drive the white settlers into the sea. Thus began the 'Great Cattle Killing' after which over 40,000 Xhosa died in the resulting famine. archive.randi.org/site/in…
Chhaupadi is a tradition in some regions of Nepal, where women are banned from their houses during their menstruation to live in a hut or a cattle shed. There are reported deaths due to smoke inhalation, cold or snake bites. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chh…
Bulls are not enraged by the color red, used in capes by professional matadors. Cattle are dichromats, so red does not stand out as a bright color. It is not the color of the cape, but the perceived threat by the matador that incites it to charge en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Modern cattle are all descended from about 81 cows, captured and domesticated in the Anatolia region of Turkey (Asia Minor) about 11,000 years ago ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Lightning has caused animal herds to die en masse, including 300 reindeer in a Norwegian national park and 30 cattle on a farm in Virginia. news.nationalgeographic.c…
Texas still has between 700-800 cases of cattle rustling every year. statesman.com/news/201810…
Oprah Winfrey was sued, unsuccessfully by cattle ranchers for her fear of eating beef because of mad cow disease. independent.co.uk/news/op…
There are feral cattle in California. latimes.com/local/califor…
The largest working cattle ranch in America, Deseret Ranches, is owned by the Mormon Church (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints). The 468-square mile ranch is home to 42,000 head of cattle and earns around $16 million/year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Des…
The Book of Mormon suggests that there were donkeys, cattle, horses, oxen, sheep, pigs, goats, elephants, wheat, barley, figs, silk, steel, brass, scimitars, and chariots in Pre-Columbian America. None of them existed in America before Columbus. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Vulture population has decreased by 99%+ in India because Diclofenac/Voltaren, commonly used to treat cattle, is lethal to them. blogs.scientificamerican.…
While literally meaning "Japanese cattle", all Wagyu categorized as such are actually crossbreeds with foreign cows. youtu.be/Pf6yFHSZtGQ
Between 1870 and 1920, over 50 people were killed in the USA in a dispute between sheep owners and cattle owners en.wikipedia.org/wiki/She…
In 1832 King Kamehameha III invited 3 Californian cowboys to Hawaii to teach the locals how to work the cattle en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cow…
UC Merced was the first UC campus in San Joaquin Valley, where college attendance rates have lagged behind those of the state's other regions. Some students are skeptical of the new university due to its isolation, surrounded by houses and farms, with cattle grazing on much of the site latimes.com/archives/la-x…
14 years ago a flock of Yorkshire sheep learnt to roll over 3m long cattle grids in order to eat the plants in the local gardens and graze on the village bowling green. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/39…
Alfred Hitchcock was notoriously hard on actors. He was once quoted as saying, β€œActors are cattle”—a quip that stirred up a huge outcry. In response, he issued this correction: β€œI have been misquoted. What I really said is, β€˜Actors should be treated as cattle.’” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alf…
During WW2 the British had a plan dubbed Operation Vegetarian. Linseed cakes infected with anthrax spores would be dispersed onto German fields. They would have been eaten by the cattle, which would then be consumed by the civilian population, causing the deaths of millions of German citizens en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
A dairy farm in Hong Kong, despite having no cattle on site, has been churning out some 4000 bottles of β€œfresh milk” made of formula everyday since 2008 without the public's knowledge hongkong.coconuts.co/2015…
Temple Grandin invented the hug box, or hug machine if you will, after studying the behaviour of cattle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hug…
Today I learned about this century, Dambe Warriors Winners receive prizes in the form of money, cattle, presents from fans, or motorcycles and cars. On rare occasions, young WOMEN are married off to fighters as rewards. aljazeera.com/indepth/fea…
Tristan da Cunha, a British island in the Atlantic 2400 km away from the nearest continent, is a commune, where all land is communally owned and cattle numbers are restricted to discourage wealth accumulation. tristandc.com/economy.php
There’s a cattle ranch that is bigger than Israel amusingplanet.com/2018/04…
The Songhai Empire collapsed following a battle when their army released 1000 cattle to charge the invading Moroccans but the cattle turned around and stampeded the Songhai because the Moroccans fired their guns and cannons. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
A 16-year-old Xhosa girl had a vision that to defeat the British soldiers the tribe should kill all the cattle and destroy the crops. Tens of thousands died in the resulting famine en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xho…
Two male bears from a zoo in Croatia were caught engaging in oral sex -- Oral sex is well documented in mammals as diverse as rats, fruit bats, horses, goats, dolphins, most primates, cheetahs, lions, hyenas, sheep and cattle. sciencing.com/animals-bes…
The ONLY true Kobe beef comes from a pure lineage of Tajima-gyu cattle, born only in the Hyogo prefecture of Japan (Kobe is a city in this area) and fed off of local vegetation. offtrackplanet.com/magazi…
In 1993 the FDA approved the use of recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) in cattle, resulting in greater milk production at less cost to the dairy farmers. Researchers also discovered that cows given that hormones are more likely to contract an udder infection called mastitis. menshealth.com/nutrition/…
In 1996 Oprah Winfrey was sued for causing $11 million in damages to cattle farmers simply for mentioning that she would not eat another burger after a show about mad cow disease. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opr…
There is a UFO exhibit in a town in Alberta Canada (St. Paul) where you can view actual photographs of UFOs, crop circles and cattle mutilations. And it has the first official UFO landing pad. town.stpaul.ab.ca/UFO-Lan…
60-70% of all the deforestation in the Amazon is due to clearing land for cattle ranching data.mongabay.com/brazil.…
For cattle, a male is first a Bull Calf and grows into a Bull, unless it's castrated, which is then known as a Steer which grows into an Ox. A female is first a Heifer Cow and then grows into a Cow. britannica.com/animal/ste…
All domestic cattle on Earth originated from one single herd of about 80 animals 10,500 years ago ucl.ac.uk/news/news-artic…
Cave art from 15000 years ago depicts an extinct buffalo/cattle hybrid. Scientists call it The Higgs Bison (because of its elusive nature) sciencedaily.com/releases…
Cowboys have been going to the Eurasian steppe to help the people there restore their cattle-herding way of life they had before the USSR, and that cowboys' practices ultimately come from that region theplate.nationalgeograph…
A 16-year-old Xhosa girl had a vision that to defeat the British soldiers the tribe should kill all the cattle and destroy the crops. Tens of thousands died in the resulting famine en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Due to the process of blending together beef from multiple delivery batches, a McDonald's burger patty "can be made up of the meat from more than 100 cattle" mcdonalds.co.uk/ukhome/wh…
Brunei owns a cattle farm in Australia larger than the whole area of Brunei global-briefing.org/2012/…
The largest US ranch (King Ranch, TX) wouldn't make the top 100 cattle stations by land size in Australia, where Anna Creek Station (Australia's largest) is over seven times the size. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The word 'cattle' is a plurale tantum, and can only be used to refer to two or more individuals. There is no universal term in modern English for singular use, but many related to sex and age. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
A remote African Tribe donated cattle to the US after learning about 9/11 news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/afric…
A company in Japan developed cattle that can produce human antibodies, obviating the need for thousands of donors for products like IVIg. in-pharmatechnologist.com…
82% of cocaine seized in the United States is cut with levamisole, a cattle dewormer banned in the US for its toxic side effects. abcnews.go.com/Health/Wel…
Steaks have been getting thinner, because cattle have been getting larger. sciencedirect.com/science…
There's more than 4 times as many cattle in South Dakota as there are people beef2live.com/story-cattl…
In 1993 the Japanese religious cult Aum Shinrikyo released aerosolized Anthrax in a city near Tokyo over the course of 2 days. It should've killed thousands, however, they used a strain of Anthrax used for cattle vaccinations and inadvertently could've immunized everyone instead. abcnews.go.com/Technology…
Maverick is a term, usually referring to cattle, for an animal that does not carry a brand. Other U.S. terms for unbranded cattle include slick, hairy dick, and, in Spanish-speaking areas of the Southwest, orejano. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mav…
Kiefer Sutherland was a victim of a cattle selling scheme. Sutherland paid for almost $900,000 worth of cattle, but the perpetrator took his money without delivering the beef. tvguide.com/news/kiefer-s…
Sheep and pigs have a variable number of ribs. Sheep can have 12–14 pairs of ribs while pigs can have 13-17. Cattle always have 13 pairs of ribs. youtu.be/Uq_GB3ldQW8

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