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Ratgeber / Natur
A richly illustrated introduction to the science and history of the cow
We populate the countryside with cows the world over, and their familiar presence ensures that global demands for milk and beef are met. But with more than a billion cattle on the planet, the importance of cows extends well beyond food production. Cows are venerated by some religions and shunned by others; they provide leather for shoes, clothing, and other uses; and they have long been central to the agricultural way of life, working the fields, pulling carts, and providing fertilizer. The Cow is a comprehensive guide to help us understand these important animals, offering a wealth of information about their anatomy and behaviors, breed varieties, and place in human culture past and present. Exploring the cow’s livestock credentials and beyond, this book combines engaging and informative text, beautiful photographs, and explanatory diagrams to examine the cow's fascinating biology, its hard-wired behaviors, and its relationship with humankind.
- Provides an in-depth look at the evolution of the cow, its role in agriculture, and the development of breeds
- Includes chapters on Anatomy & Biology, Society & Behavior, and Cattle & People
- Features a photographic directory of forty global cattle breeds
Crossbreed, Meat industry, East Africa, Brown Swiss, Beef cattle, Animal welfare, Veal, Shorthorn, Belgian Blue, Sperm, Uterus, Zebu, Holstein Friesian cattle, Lameness (equine), Placenta, Latin America, Agriculture, Urine, Drought, Vaccination, Bacteria, American bison, Dwarfism, Ulcer (dermatology), Feed conversion ratio, Anatomy, Nilgai, Taurine, Evolution, Blood flow, Carbohydrate, Yogurt, Animal Health, Disease, Selective breeding, Wagyu, Mastitis, Dairy cattle, Water buffalo, Feedlot, Mammal, Breeding program, Pasture, Nose ring (animal), Taurine cattle, Artificial insemination, Milking, Insemination, Angus cattle, Vegetable, Beef, Cave painting, Malnutrition, Dairy, Banteng, Vitamin A, Cartilage, Texas Longhorn, Normande cattle, Pauline Wayne, Herding, Bovinae, Herbivore, Domestication, Fertilisation, Nutrition, Estrous cycle, Grazing, Highland cattle, Leather, Reproductive system, Fetus, Colostrum, Soybean, Livestock, Cattle, Tooth, House cow, Circulatory system, Dairy product, Milking Shorthorn, Vegetarianism, Genetic testing, Lactation, Meat, Vitamin, Flehmen response, Manure, Milk fever, Plough, Farmer, Hormone, Ox, Ruminant, Aurochs, Foot-and-mouth disease, Milk, Udder, Mammary gland, Oxytocin