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Are cows nasty?

Discussion in 'Behaviors & Handling Techniques - Cattle' started by Leah567, May 11, 2017.

  1. May 12, 2017
    CuzChickens

    CuzChickens Ridin' The Range

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    My mom got her first cow when I was 8, and my youngest sibling was a newborn, and two more in between. Get a good cow, possibly an adult so you have a better idea what tempermant she has, and teach children to respect her.
     
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    farmerjan

    farmerjan Loving the herd life

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    Any animal can hurt you, ask anyone on here who has goats and they will admit that you can get hurt. Yes, cows are bigger and can maybe "hurt you worse" due to the sheer size. But, @CuzChickens is right, teach the kids to respect ANY animal. And yes, get an experienced cow, one that has been handled as a family milk cow, that knows the ropes, and let the kids learn that they are not a playtoy or something to be teased or abused....just like teaching a child about a dog or cat or anything. The responsibility of raising a calf is a great way to teach a kid about having to do chores and take care of something that cannot take care of itsself. And calves often teach a child about size and that they have to learn that there are ways to get something bigger than you to do what you want it to. Plus, calves seem to know that a child is a "buddy" and they tend to gravitate to each other...Just like making sure the chickens have water and feed and that the eggs have to be gathered everyday.
     
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