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07/21/2009 20:26:10 PM by harrisfp   Send Message to harrisfp  1101  views, category: Pet play and fitness view all blogs

    

According to the ASPCA's event calendar, this week is "COW APPRECIATION WEEK". Who knew there was an entire week dedicated specifically to cows? I personally think cows are adorable and I am happy to hear that they are honored in some way. They give so much to people, so giving them a holiday week is really the least we can do for these creatures.

 

In honor of COW APPRECIATION WEEK, I am posting some "Fun Cow Facts" for everyone. Who knows, maybe you'll learn something new!

 

Milk, Cheese and other dairy products are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals.
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COWS or CATTLE spend a lot of time eating! ... about 8 hours a day!
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The mature female of cattle is called a COW.
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The male of the species is a BULL.
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A female bovine that has not had a calf is called a heifer.
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A female bovine that has calved is called a cow and weighs between 450 and 500 pounds.
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Holstein cows are most common in Vermont. Their markings are as unique as fingerprints, no two are alike.
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A milking Holstein weighs between 1,100 and 1,500 pounds. Cows have FOUR compartments in their stomach to aid in digestion.
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Cows produce milk, a concentrated FOOD that is good for you.
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An 8 oz. glass of milk provides a large percentage of your recommended daily allowance of important vitamins and minerals:
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17% Protein
29% Calcium
23% Phosphorus
23% Riboflavin
25% Vitamin D
15% Vitamin B-12
So when your mother said, "drink your milk, it's good for you!"  she wasn't kidding.
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All milk is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. Low fat and non-fat milks are among the most nutrient-dense foods available! So, stay healthy........drink milk!
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The average Dairy Farm has about 90 cows

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The smallest operating dairy farm milks five cows.

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The largest dairy farm has more than 200 cows.

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Several dairy farms are well over 200 years old.
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Farms produce 2.6 billion pounds of milk a year
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The average dairy farm has 216 acres
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The average cow produces 16,800 pounds of milk a year
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Holstein (Holstein-Freisian) cows are the black and white cows most frequently seen.
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Originating in the Netherlands and northern Germany, breeders began to import Holsteins to the U.S. in the 1850's

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Holsteins are the largest dairy cows in size, weighing about 1500 pounds

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Holsteins, on average, give 6.4 gallons or 55 pounds of milk per day

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Once a female calf has grown, she is called a heifer unti she is two years old and has had a calf of her own.
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Cows are female cattle that have had at least one calf



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