Though widely respected sources have not confirmed it, July 15th is Cow Appreciation Day! This may not be an official holiday like Christmas or Easter, but it’s still a great time to thank cows for all they do for us!
An important fact to know is that the term “cow” only refers to the female members of a group of “cattle,” which refers to both sexes. Males are known as bulls or steers. Cows are some of the most important farm animals around. Their milk is a wonderful, healthy drink and is also used to make butter, cream, cheese, and ice cream. We have them to thank for roast beef, steaks, veal, hamburgers, hot dogs, and more. Leather, some medicines, soap, and glue are all made from parts of cows and bulls. They also provide power by pulling plows, carts, and wagons. Here are some interesting facts about cattle and some books about them you can get from the library!
-Cows and bulls chew their food two separate times to digest it!
-One cow will produce about 200,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime.
-Cattle are very social and really like to hang out together. In fact, if a cow separates herself from the herd, she is likely sick, or about to give birth to a calf!
-Bulls and cows usually spend 10-12 hours per day lying down.
-These animals do not sweat and usually drink about 40 gallons of water per day. This is enough to fill a bathtub! They eat about 100 pounds of food every day too!
-Cows move their jaws about 40,000 times per day!
-Bulls cannot see the color red, therefore when matadors wave flags while bullfighting, it is the fluttering movement, not the hue that catches their attention.
Amazing Cows: A Book of Bovinely Inspired Misinformation by Sandra Boynton
The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson
Misery Moo by Jeanne Willis