Strictly speaking, the singular noun for the domestic bovine is ox: a bull is a male ox, and a cow is a female ox.
So a cow was often the most valuable thing a farmer owned.
Cows of certain breeds that are kept for the milk they give are called dairy cows.
The cow is a poem of pity; one reads pity in the gentle animal.
Among the cows in a herd, there is a system of dominance with one cow the most dominant and the others ranked down to the lowest individual.
In ancient Egypt, the cow was associated with the mother goddess Isis, and in ancient Greece, the bull was associated with the father god Zeus.
Today "cow" is frequently used incorrectly as a gender-neutral term, although it is meant to be used solely to mean females (females of other animals, such as whales or elephants, are also called cows).
Man through the cow is enjoined to realize his identity with all that lives.
The cow in India was the best comparison; she was the giver of plenty.
Protection of the cow means protection of the whole dumb creation of God.
Aurochs cows and calves were red, while the bulls were black.
The gestation period for a cow is nine months.
So cows became an icon for value; they were simply the most valuable animal around (PBS 2004).
An adult female over two years of age (approximately) is called a cow.
You know, the great thing about the cow is that she can eat plants we don't, on land the farmer might not own, and convert milk into cash for the farmer.
Why the ancient rishis selected the cow for apotheosis is obvious to me.
Like all mammals, cows produce milk to feed their young.
DNA traces cattle back to a small herd domesticated around 10,500 years ago. All cattle are descended from as few as 80 animals that were domesticated from wild ox in the Near East some 10,500 years ago, according to a new genetic study.Mar 27, 2012
calf. The word calf can mean either a baby cow or bull, or the area of the back of your leg between your ankle and knee. Cattle are not the only animals whose babies are called calves.
A young male is called a bull calf; a young female before she has calved the second time is called a heifer (pronounced "heffer"). A young female that has had only one calf is sometimes called a "first-calf heifer." In the USA male cattle bred for meat are castrated unless needed for breeding.
An ox (plural oxen), also known as a bullock in Australia and India, is a bovine trained as a draft animal. Oxen are commonly castrated adult male cattle; castration makes the animals easier to control. Cows (adult females) or bulls (intact males) may also be used in some areas.
But some predators still kill and eat them from time to time. The main animals that attack cattle in North America are wolves and grizzly bears. In Asia, wolves and tigers kill and eat cows from time to time. In Africa, cows are sometimes eaten by lions and leopards.Mar 30, 2010
This along with the fat and bone removed during the cutting account for an additional 18% loss. In summary, a steer weighing 1,000 pounds on the hoof will average around 430 pounds of retail cuts (steaks, roasts, ground beef, stew beef, etc.).
Apparantly, a bull, a male cow who still has his balls, due to the hormones and whatnot, the meat is very tough and not that good for eating. Male cows which they use for meat are castrated, called a steer. Female cows are also used for beef.Jun 17, 2008