Fun Facts About Cows

Cows are mostly known for providing us with milk and meat. However, as it turns out, these gentle creatures are quite fascinating animals! Read on as a local Westminster, MD vet lists some fun things about cows.


Cows actually have pretty acute hearing. They can hear high and low frequencies much better than people can.

All In A Day’s Work

Bessie usually stands up and lays down about 14 times a day. She also spends a lot of her time chewing. In fact, cows have over 40,000 jaw movements in a day.

Seeing Red

Cows have nearly complete panoramic vision. Bessie’s only blind spots are directly in front of her and right behind her. However, they actually cannot see red or green. In bull fights, bulls are attracted by the waving of the cape, rather than its color.

Everyone Needs Friends

Cows are very social, and live in herds naturally. Just like people, some cows form close bonds with each other. That doesn’t mean Bessie will make friends with the entire herd: some cows just don’t like one another!

What’s That Smell?

Those cute cow noses are actually pretty acute. Bessie can smell things as far as six miles off!

What Goes Up Doesn’t Necessarily Come Down

Cows can climb up stairs. However, if you lead Bessie up a flight of stairs, you’re going to have a hard time getting her down again. Cow knees don’t bend in a way that allows them to go down.

Unique Spots

Holsteins are known for their spots. Did you know that every cow’s coat is unique? Just like human fingerprints, they are all different.

Cows For Thought

For some reason, cows usually face magnetic south or north when they are eating or resting, no matter what time of day it is, or what the weather is like.

Happy Cows

Just like our other animal companions, cows can feel happy, sad, or scared. As it turns out, if you name your cow and treat her with respect and affection, she’ll produce almost 500 more pints of milk a year than an unhappy cow. This is just one more reminder of how special our animal friends are, and how important it is to treat them with kindness and compassion.

Do you have any questions about cow care? Please feel free to contact us, your local Westminster, MD vet clinic, today!

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