All About Dairy

Cow Facts!


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How now, brown cow!

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Did you know cows come in different types, called breeds? In New Zealand the most common are the black-and-white Holstein-Friesians, caramel-coloured Jerseys and a mix of the two – a Holstein-Friesian/Jersey cross!

How are spots like fingerprints?

Holstein-Friesian cows have their own special set of spots – no two are the same. Humans have their own special fingerprints. No two humans are the same!

Chew, chew, chew!

Cows spend most of their time eating – their jaws can move more than 40,000 times in one day. If chewing was a competition, cows would beat humans’ hands down!

Saliva helps cows digest

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A cow produces more than 50 litres of saliva each day – that’s five big buckets of spit. Erghh! The saliva helps cows digest pasture by balancing out the acid in a cow’s rumen and reducing the risk of bloat.

Upstairs, downstairs

You can lead a cow upstairs, but not downstairs. That’s because cows’ knees don’t bend the same way yours do. (Luckily, cows live mostly on flat paddocks and not two-storey houses like many humans.)

Who smells better?

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Do you have a good sense of smell? Maybe – but probably not as good as a cow. A cow can smell something that’s nearly 10 kilometres away!

Nice warm jersey?

A cow’s normal body temperature is 38.6°C. A human’s is 36.5–37.5 °C. If your temperature rose to the same as a cow’s, you’d have a fever–and might need to see your doctor!