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Miscellaneous Cow Facts


  • The smallest type of cow is a breed called Dexter, which was bred a small size for household living.
  • Cows were domesticated about 5,000 years ago.
  • Cows can see color.
  • Cows can detect odors up to 5 miles away.
  • A 1,000 pound cow produces an average of 10 tons of manure a year.
  • Per day, a cow spends 6 hours eating and 8 hours chewing cud.
  • The average cow drinks about 30 gallons of water and eats about 95 pounds of feed per day.
  • A cow stands up and lies down about 14 times a day.
  • A cow's heart beats between 60 and 70 beats per minute.
  • Cows can hear lower and higher frequencies better than humans.

Source: A Field Guide to Cows , by John Pukite, Falcon Press, Helena, Montana, 1996.