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Cow calf relationship
When to remove a calf from her mother is often debated as an animal welfare issue.
A cow may spend a couple of hours seeking out a birth site, and going through the first stages when the calf moves into the birth canal and the water bag appears.
Cows will breed all year round and are not as affected by the day/night pattern (photoperiodicity) as sheep, goats and deer.
Milking and daily grazing routine
Dry cattle and bulls have 3 main grazing periods from daybreak to mid-morning, mid-afternoon to half an hour after sunset, and then a shorter period about midnight.
Cattle are ruminants
Cattle digest fibrous feed in their 3 fore stomachs – rumen, reticulum, omasum and abomasum which is the true gastric stomach.
Sleep & communication
Adult cattle sleep very little. The sleeping pose is all four legs tucked under and head turned to face the rear.