Jersey, Hereford and Fresian

Did you know that Jersey, Hereford and Fresian are all differnt types of cows? That’s right, there are many different breeds of cows, some give us milk and some give us meat. It’s very rare that one type of cow is used for both meat and milk.

Last week at school we learnt all about cows. We read lots of facts about them and we also enjoyed some great stories about cows, like The Cow that Laid and Egg, Belinda, Crazy Cow and many more.

We made crazy cows on Friday and we displayed our cows facts with them. We learnt so many interesting things!

Cows need to have a baby before they can make milk. Dairy cows have long legs and meat cows have short legs. A group of cows is called a herd. By Tess

Cows use their tails to swish the flies away. Cows feed their babies for 6 months. Mother cows and daddy bulls don’t live in the same paddock. By Grace J

Cows have two toes on each foot. Cows are mammals and they eat grass. They turn the grass they eat into milk. If a cow has a wet nose it means it’s healthy. By Jamie

A fully grown cow weighs as much as 3 pigs. In summer cows eat grass out in the paddocks. Cows have no top teeth. Manure is made from cow poo and straw. By Fintan

A calf drinks 5 litres of milk a day. A cow’s nose is called a muzzle. There are different types of cows, some make milk and others give us meat. By Jackson

A dairy cow is milked twice a day, in the morning and again in the evening. A dairy cow has a bony body. A cow will drink a full bath tub of water each day. By Grace H

When cows chew grass the grass goes into the 1st stomach where it is made soft and then it goes into the second stomach where it is made into cud which is the size of a tennis ball. By Jack

The cow chews a cud the size of a tennis ball for 8 hours a day. Meat cattle have a fleshy body. It takes 5 minutes to milk a cow by machine and 15 minutes to do it by hand. By Jarrod

Bulls and cows are kept in different paddocks. A male cow weighs 1000 kilos and the female weighs 600 kilos. A dairy cow is milked twice a day. By Edward

Cows have poor eyesight and they can’t see the colour red. Cows do have a good sense of smell though. Crayons can be made from beef cattle. By Neivh

A dairy cow has a large udder. A cow has four stomaches. A cow eats 200 pounds of grass and hay. Cows lick their babies to clean them. By Emma

A dairy cow always stays close to the dairy. In winter cows eat hay and in summer they eat grass. The cow will produce milk for ten months. By Jessie

A cow can drink a full bathtub of water in one day. A group of cows is called a herd. A cow has four stomaches. The mother and father cows don’t live in the same paddock. By Cody

Jersey cows give the creamiest milk. Dairy cows can produce 30 litres of milk per day. It takes 4 litres of milk to make a tub of sour cream. A machine can milk 100 cows in one hour. By Milly

A cow spends ten months a year making milk. The cow has to have a baby before it can be milked though. A dairy cow is milked twice a day. A cow’s cud is the size of a tennis ball. By Cameron

Cows can’t see very well but they have a great sense of smell. A cow will have only one baby in a year. After having a calf it will produce milk for ten months. By Amelia

A boy cow will be called a bull when it grows up. If you milked cows by hand it would take a whole day to do 60 cows. A machine can do 60 cows in one hour. By Alannah

What else did you learn about cows?

Can you remember the difference between dairy cows and beef cattle?