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Last updated on November 17, 1999.
- The wedge shape seen in the body conformation of some dairy cows.
- Reddish brown color.
- A genetically pure line having similar conformation and able to produce offspring with the
- Streaks or spots on a gray or brownish background
- Yellow-reddish color or a light skin color.
- A sexually immature young cow.
- Body shape.
- A mature female with at least one calf.
- The offspring from a dam and sire of different purebred breeds.
- A bolus of regurgitated food.
- Female parent.
- Animal for pulling a plow or cart.
- Colored stripe down the center of the back.
- Four inches.
- Dry forage.
- A young female cow, especially one that has never had a calf.
- The publication of a breed's ancestry and characteristics.
- Hornless cow.
- The offspring of two animals of the same breed but unrelated.
- Small black spots that appear on otherwise all-white cattle.
- Working cattle, male or female.
- The space between the ears on top of the head.
- An animal registered in a herd book or eligible for such registration.
- Long in the body.
- First stomach.
- To chew cud.
- Male parent.
- The plant matter left over after the seeds are removed.
- Healthy and vigorous in appearance.
- A weaned calf.
- The top of the shoulder.
- Twelve to eighteen months of age.
Source: A Field Guide to Cows, by John Pukite, Falcon Press, Helena, Montana, 1996.