Cow Trivia Quiz Questions With Answers
Cows (or cattle) are the most common type of large
Cows are a prominent modern member of what subfamily?
Cattle are raised as livestock for what?
A: Meat, dairy, and as draft
An adult male is called a what?
A: A bull.
A wild, young, unmarked bull is known as a "what" in
An unbranded bovine of either sex is called a "what" in the
USA and Canada?
An adult female that has had a calf is called what?
A: A cow.
A young female before she has had a calf of her own and is
under three years of age is called a what?
A: A heifer.
A young female that has had only one calf is occasionally
called a what?
A: A first-calf heifer.
Young cattle of both sexes are called calves until they are
Then they are called weaners until they are how old in some
A: A year.
In other areas, they may be known as what?
A: Feeder calves or simply feeders.
After that, they are referred to as what?
A: Yearlings or stirks if between one and two years of age.
A castrated male is called a what?
A: A steer in the United States.
A castrated male kept for draft purposes is called a what?
A: An ox.
A springer is a cow or heifer close to what?
Cattle raised for human consumption are called what?
A: Beef cattle.
Cattle bred specifically for milk production are called
A: Milking or dairy cattle.
A cow kept to provide milk for just one family may be
called a what?
A: A house cow or milker.
A "fresh cow" is a dairy term for a cow or first-calf
heifer who has what?
A: Recently given birth, or "freshened."
"Cow" is in general use as a singular for the collective
"cattle", despite the objections by those who insist what?
A: That it's to be a female-specific term.
Other than the few bulls needed for breeding, the vast
majority of male cattle are what?
A: Castrated as calves and slaughtered for meat before the age of three years.
Most young male offspring of dairy cows are sold for veal,
and may be referred to as what?
A: Veal calves.
Cattle are large quadrupedal mammals with what kind of
Most breeds of cattle have what?
Cattle are ruminants, meaning their digestive system is
highly specialized to allow what?
A: The use of poorly digestible plants as food.
Cattle have one stomach with how many compartments?
A: Four, the rumen, reticulum, omasum, and abomasum.
Which compartment is the largest?
A: The rumen.
Cattle are known for regurgitating and what ?
A: Re-chewing their food, known as "cud" chewing.
The reticulum, the smallest compartment, is known as the
A: The "honeycomb".
Cattle sometimes consume metal objects which are deposited
in the what?
A: Reticulum and irritation from the metal objects causes hardware disease.
What is the omasum's main function?
A: To absorb water and nutrients from the digestible feed.
The abomasum is like a what?
A: A human stomach.
The cud is re-swallowed and further digested by what?
A: Specialized microorganisms in the rumen.
These microbes are primarily responsible for decomposing
cellulose and other carbohydrates into what?
A: Volatile fatty acids cattle use as their primary metabolic fuel.
How long is the gestation period for a cow?
A: About nine months long.
A newborn calf's size can vary among breeds, but a typical
calf typically weighs how much?
A: 55 to 99 pounds.
What is the world record for the heaviest bull ?
A: 3,840 pounds, a Chianina named Donetto, when he was exhibited at the Arezzo
show in 1955.
How old was the oldest recorded cow, Big Bertha, when she
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