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 about Barnyard Mammals
Cows moo when they are scared or sense that something is wrong. Mothers and calves call to each other if separated. Hungry calves will call to attract the attention of their mothers. Cows also vocalize when they are coming into heat, presumably to attract the attention of a bull.Full Answer >
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 do not sleep standing up. In order to rest, cows lie down in one of two ways: either resting on their sides or with their chests upright in a catlike fashion.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 >