Cabot was rescued from a farm by a young woman just before he was to be processed for veal. She had befriended him almost since birth and called us quite upset when she learned of the fate that was planned for him. At first, Cabot was so small that he had to be kept from the larger cows we have rescued, but now more than a year later he is big and strong enough to be with them out in the large field, and he seems to like that a lot. He is the friendliest of the cows, probably because he was treated so well by the young woman who asked us to take him in.
Remi was rescued from sickness and slaughter at a very young age, and due to illness, he almost didn’t survive. You would never guess that now looking at this young and vibrant steer that is full of life and mischief! Remi keeps his “big brother”, Cabot, on his toes, and he also enjoys people.
- Cows are social animals, and they naturally form large herds. Like people, they will make friends and bond to some herd members, while avoiding others.
- They experience a range of emotions, especially grief when a calf is removed from it’s mother or the death of a pasture-mate.
- Cows are red-green colorblind. In a bullfight, it’s the waving of the cape that attracts the bull not the red color
- An average dairy cow weighs about 1,200 pounds.
- The typical cow sleeps for only 4 hours a day.
- Cows actually do not bite grass; instead they curl their tongue around it.
- Cows are pregnant for 9 months just like people.
- The average cow drinks 30 to 50 gallons of water each day, which is the equivalent of a full bathtub.
- Cows only have teeth on the bottom.
- Cows have a great sense of smell. They can smell something up to 6 miles away.
- A Holstein’s spots are like a fingerprint. No two cows have exactly the same pattern of black and white spots. They are all different.
- Like many other grazing animals cattle have one stomach which is divided into four compartments or chambers: the rumen, reticulum, omasum and abomasum. This allows them to digest grain and grasses most effectively
- The lifespan of a cow can vary by breed and lifestyle, however, the average domestic cow living out their life can live up to and over 20 years.