Milk is the central thing we connect with cows. No wonder, since they smile at us, in photographic or cartoon form, from the packages of countless dairy products, cheese, yogurt, chocolate, and pudding. It is easy to think that milk is all that there is to cattle! But is that true? Do all cows even produce milk?
Do male cows have udders? You might be surprised to learn that a male cow is an oxymoron, a pair of terms that contradict each other. Male cattle are called bulls or steers, depending on whether they are able to breed or have been castrated.
In a sense, cows sometimes seem a little bit too convenient – we eat their meat, use their milk for drinking and to produce dairy, and leather is produced from cowhide.
Are all cows female? Well, this depends on what you mean by “cows”. Many people use the word “cow” to talk about cattle in general, which of course includes males as well as females.
A lot of people are surprised to learn that some farm animals are as intelligent as beloved pets like cats and dogs. Cows especially tend to be seen as rather stupid, with their usually slow movements and their big trusting eyes.