The biggest problem I find among many who are just starting out with cattle or even learning how to raise cattle is that they often can’t discern the difference between what bulls, cows, steers or heifers are. The biggest problem is the word “cow”, which I will touch base with first.A cow is actually a mature, female bovine that has had at least one or two calves. Many people mistakenly refer to a “cow” as a highly general (or colloquial) term for all bovines regardless of gender, size, age, type, or breed. It should be noted that most, if not all veteran cattle people do not use the colloquial term “cow” as frequently as one may think. Quite often, in order to refer to a group of bovines in a general term, instead of calling them “cows,” they are called “animals,” “cattle,” “critters,” or even one or more explicative words that should never be mentioned on this site. Cows. Watch video in link below
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on the other hand, can be distinguished apart from other genders by simply looking for a pendulous sac with four cylindrical knobs at the base–which is called an udder–between the hind legs.Cows are not just black and white, nor are they without horns. A cow can be any colour and colouration, horned or not horned, dairy and beef, and comes in every breed of bovine imaginable. It is pure myth that only the bulls are horned. If you spotted a bovine with horns that was nursing a calf, there is a very high chance that that “bull” is actually a cow. Bulls do not nurse calves; they are incapable of doing so because they lack the “means” to do so. The udder of a cow is not simply a useless, pendulous appendage, but rather a piece of anatomy that produces milk for that calf to get its food and nutrition from. Thus simply seeing the horns of an individual bovine and using that as a means to determine the sex of a bovine is definitely not the solution to use in distinguishing the difference between a bull and a cow.