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The following will discuss a few distinct species of cattle. Links will be provided at the bottom of this page for those of you that require further information on this sub-topic.



General Description of the Species:


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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 (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. It is estimated that there are 1.3 billion cattle in the world today. In 2009, cattle became the first livestock animal to have its genome mapped.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cattle



There are over 800 breeds of cattle, discussed below are a few species of cattle that I find to be the most bizarre and interesting.


Ankole-Watsui


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This species of cattle is native to Africa.Its defining features is its horns. Interestingly enough they are not known for their length but rather their great circumference. These horns also serve as thermo-regulators in hot weather for these cows. This is done by the moving of blood through the horns, which is then cooled by the outside air, and re-circulated into the mammals body - cooling their overall temperature.

General Information:
Weight: 900-1200 lbs
Life Expectancy: 20+ years



Longhorn Cattle


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Originating in England, Longhorn cattle is a long-horned brown and white breed of cattle. Mostly breed for beef, they are not to be confused with the Texas Longhorn breed.
The basic distinguishing features between the Longhorn and the Texas Longhorn is that Longhorns have curved horns that grow over the face, while Texas Longhorns have horns that grow in any shape or size. The second distinguishing feature is that Longhorns are brown and white with a while patch of hide along the spine and underneath the body of the breed. This is unlike the Texas Longhorn, as it can have a hide of any colour.



Domesticated Yaks


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The picture of the Yak, above is that of a Domesticated Yak. Domesticated Yak's are kept primarily for their milk, fiber and meat. Yaks are also readily used for transporting the goods of local farmers and traders across rough terrain.

The Yak also serves as an important asset in Tiber because the excretion of Yak is used as a source of fuel the entire country.

It is important to note that Domesticated Yaks are about one third of the size of Wild Yaks, Also Domesticated Yaks, are the only breed of Yaks that can have a white coat. And interestingly enough Yaks do not make the customary "mooing" noise of most cattle breeds, but rather they make a grunting noise.

Some general information about Domesticated Yaks includes:
Male Weight: 770-1300lbs
Female Weight: 500-560lbs
Height: Average height in inches for a cow from 4 - 7 years old is about 4 feet 4 inches
Hair: Long and Shaggy and either black, brown or white in colour.
Horns: Both females and males have horns
Lifespan: 20+ years





All of this information was gathered from the following links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cattle#Species_of_cattle
http://www.bukisa.com/articles/79302_bizarre-breeds-and-species-of-cattle