Cows thrive best in temperate climates and open grasslands. They are descended from wild animals that once roamed North Africa, Europe, and South Asia, and they are adapted to life in regions with a similar climate. Some breeds, such as Highland cattle, are bred for colder temperatures, but cows tend to prefer warmer climates.Know More
Traditional farms that raise cows are called dairy farms or cattle ranches depending on whether they specialize in raising cattle for milk or beef. Traditional ranches are large tracts of land with plentiful open pastures, and they are the popular image of a cow habitat.
It must be noted that most cows alive today live not on the open field but in feedlots. A feedlot is a mechanized agricultural innovation. It includes small areas of bare ground fenced off by metal bars with the cow's feed in a trough immediately in front of it. This is an unnatural arrangement for the animals, but this living arrangement is driven by economics. A cow in a feedlot has its nutrition closely monitored, and the food is designed scientifically to make it rapidly gain weight. The majority of dairy cows live in similar arrangements, but the emphasis is given to milk production and not weight gain.Learn more in Barnyard Mammals
According to Texas Natural Wildlife, coyotes are a severe threat to cattle and tend to attack both adult cows and calves when their forage supplies are low, such as during the winter months. Additional predators include black bears, grizzly bears, crows, wolves, dogs and mountain lions.Full Answer >
Cows need a minimum of 12 gallons of water daily. Dairy cows need up to 30 gallons of water per day. Cows can get part of their water through lush forage, but they also need drinking water.Full Answer >
The term "cow" is only used for female cattle. Male, or boy, cattle are called bulls or steers. When born, a male is referred to as a "bull calf." If the bull calf is not castrated, it grows into a bull.Full Answer >
Cow milk is actually meant to be consumed by baby cows. Adult cows do not drink milk. According to the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, the majority of calves older than 9 weeks are weaned off their mother's milk; before that point, it is their only source of food.Full Answer >