Monday, 7 July 2014

In Photos || Bos taurus [Cattle]

I've taken rather alot of photos recently and alot of them include baby animals. I thought that I'd break them down into separate posts so as to be able to show you more without overloading one post.
As well as displaying my photography, I thought it'd be a nice idea to include some facts, figures and more all about cows!




Worldwide there are over 900 breeds of cow, with around 1.3 billion individual cattle in the world today. From livestock that are used for milk, beef and veal to skins used as leather and dung for fuel etc to being regarded as sacred by certain religions including Hinduism.

These cows are Angus Cattle and are (unfortunately) bred predominantly for food.
I can't claim to be completely innocent as I do use milk for cereal and eat cheese, but I can't imagine these little cuties in a burger in my hand. Sorry not sorry for being so frank haha.
They come in black and red and are considered separate breeds in the states as apposed to just Aberdeen Angus like here in the UK.




- A female cow is pregnant for the same amount of time as a human lady too, 9 months.
- Emotions such as excitement have been highly monitored in cows. After being let out to graze they will 'frolic' in the fields and if they are well treat it has been proven they produce milk more efficiently. 
- Cows form friendships within the herd and tend to 'hang out' with a small group of others, though adversely they can grow to dislike particular individuals and will hold a grudge!
- (As shown in the photos) they are brilliant mothers. To track down a missing calf they will walk miles.





- 4 hours sleep is all the average domestic cow needs to sleep.
- They drink around a bathtub full of water a day.
- Cows share 80% of their genes with us humans! With 10% more being with dogs and rodents.
- With a life expectancy of up to 20 years most cows rarely actually make it to that. Especially cattle raised for meat as they are usually killed before they are 2 years old!





Doing this post has been very rewarding. Not only has it added some very cute livestock photos to my portfolio but through the little research I have done has taught me some pretty cool facts I must say!
I hope you have learned something interested through reading this or at least had a little smile at one or two of these beautiful Moos!


8 comments:

  1. I love this post, I feel like I have learned loads! A bathtub of water? That's crazy! It's things like this that remind me why I'm a veggie, so cute and lovely xo

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    1. Aw thank you! I'm so glad to hear that. I didn't know how people who react to this type of post.
      Most certainly. I could never imagine eating one of those in less than a years time. Poor mites.
      x

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  2. Lovely post. The pictures are so cute yet they make me sad as I know how their short little lives are going to end.
    If you need any non-judgemental advice on going completely veggie, I can help even though I'm not officially qualified ;) haha.
    Can't believe they drink so much and share so much DNA!

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    1. Seriously, yes please. I only eat chicken and on the very rare occasion a bit of bacon but I can't do it anymore. I'm a very picky eater and have low iron so need to find something to stabilize my diet.
      x
      Ps. The DNA fact shocked me too!

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  3. Aaaaah! Baby cows! My heart breaks, baby animals are my favourite! I can't eat beef because baby cows. Haha. I can't wait to see more baby animals!
    Kloe xx
    skullsnkisses.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. They were the sweetest little things to stand and watch. I just can't get over the fact they won't live to see two years old. It breaks my heart.
      Wild baby bunnies coming sooonn!
      x

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  4. I do love cows. My Uncle is a farmer and I used to spend a lot of my teens on the farm where the kept cows and sheep. They are much bigger in person than I ever thought! Lovely photos and can't go wrong with some cow facts!

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    1. Ah wow, that must of been a fabulous experience. My Mam grew up on a farm and her dad was a Shepard. I'd love to live on a farm.
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