Cattle, Cows and a Bull Photographed in Battle, East Sussex
About these Cattle Photographs
These are old photos taken around 2010, but I found them while sorting through old stuff and wanted to include them as there were some nice photographs. They were in a field near where I live in Battle, East Sussex. The field has public footpaths across it, so I was allowed to be there. They were all very friendly and I moved slowly to not distress them, but they are big animals, so despite being gentle giants it would not be a good idea to be in the way if one was spooked!!! I have a lot of respect for all animals. Moooooooooo!
A little Information About Cattle
Cattle, or 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 taurus.
Cattle are commonly raised as livestock for meat, for milk, and for hides, which are used to make leather. They are used as riding animals and draft animals (oxen or bullocks, which pull carts, plows and other implements). Another product of cattle is dung, which can be used to create manure or fuel. In some regions, such as parts of India, cattle have significant religious meaning. Cattle, mostly small breeds such as the Miniature Zebu, are also kept as pets.
Around 10,500 years ago, cattle were domesticated from as few as 80 progenitors in central Anatolia, the Levant and Western Iran. According to an estimate from 2011, there are 1.4 billion cattle in the world. In 2009, cattle became one of the first livestock animals to have a fully mapped genome.
Cattle are large quadrupedal ungulate mammals with cloven hooves. Most breeds have horns, which can be as large as the Texas Longhorn or small like a scur. Careful genetic selection has allowed polled (hornless) cattle to become widespread.
Information from: Wikipedia