What is cattle?

  • (noun): Domesticated bovine animals as a group regardless of sex or age.
    Example: "So many head of cattle"
    Synonyms: cows, kine, oxen, Bos taurus


Cattle (colloquially cows) are the most common type of large domesticated ungulates. They are a prominent modern member of the subfamily Bovinae, are the most widespread species of the genus Bos, and are most commonly classified collectively as Bos primigenius. Cattle are raised as livestock for meat (beef and veal), as dairy animals for milk and other dairy products, and as draft animals (oxen or bullocks) (pulling carts, plows and the like). Other products include leather and dung for manure or fuel. In some countries, such as India, cattle are sacred. From as few as 80 progenitors domesticated in southeast Turkey about 10,500 years ago, an estimated 1.3 billion cattle are in the world today. In 2009, cattle became the first livestock animal to have a fully mapped genome.

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Abaeté - Economy
... The most important economic activities are cattle raising, commerce, and agriculture ... There was a small retail infrastructure serving the surrounding area of cattle and agricultural lands ... There were 87,000 head of cattle in 2006, of which 16,000 head were dairy cows ...
Randall Cattle
... Randall cattle are a rare breed of cattle that originated in Sunderland, Vermont. ...
Cattle - Population
... The world cattle population is estimated to be about 1.3 billion ... The following table shows the cattle population in 2009 Africa has about 20,000,000 head of cattle, many of which are raised in traditional ways and serve partly as tokens of their ... Cattle population (View diagram) Region Cattle population India 281,700,000 Brazil 187,087,000 China 139,721,000 US 96,669,000 EU-27 87,650,000 Argentina 51,062,000 Australia 29,202,000 Mexico 26,489,00 ...
Rogue River Wars - Origins
... Then in 1837 (as part of the Willamette Cattle Company) Bailey, Gay and others were herding cattle north to the Willamette Valley when Gay shot and killed a native boy for no other reason than in retaliation for ... in seeking vengeance during the remainder of the cattle drive as only a few animals were lost to their attacks ...

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    During the cattle drives, Texas cowboy music came into national significance. Its practical purpose is well known—it was used primarily to keep the herds quiet at night, for often a ballad sung loudly and continuously enough might prevent a stampede. However, the cowboy also sang because he liked to sing.... In this music of the range and trail is “the grayness of the prairies, the mournful minor note of a Texas norther, and a rhythm that fits the gait of the cowboy’s pony.”
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    Their heads never raising;
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    Young steers become old cattle from that day,
    Electric limits to their widest senses.
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