Bovine Trivia

Yesterday we launched the 2nd Bovine Scholarship Workshop! Like with the first we designed the workshop so that it includes a small group of people so that we can have engagement throughout. But what is a workshop without some trivia? To get to know each other folks were thrown into groups of 4 and made to ponder some questions about bovines. Here are 10 of them:


  1. How many teeth does a cow have?
  2. How old was the oldest recorded cow?
  3. How can you determine how old a cow is?
  4. What year was milk pasteurized?           
  5. Which country in Europe is constituently one of the top, if not the top exporter of live cattle in the world?
  6. Which breed of cow had the first herd book in the world?
  7. In industry language, what is “a springer”?
  8. Where might you find Ankole cows?
  9. When did cows first arrive in the Americas?
  10. Which city was historically known as the Great Bovine City of the World?
“Ankole” Photo by Gio’s Studio on Unsplash


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  2. The oldest cow ever recorded was a Dremon Cow named ‘Big Bertha’ who died 3 months just before her 49th birthday on New Years Eve, 1993. She also holds the record for lifetime breeding as she produced 39 calves.
  3. The age of a cow can be determined by counting the rings on its horns. (And you can determine their age by their teeth!)
  4. Milk was pasteurized in 1886  by Louis Pasteur
  5. France (Brazil is the largest beef exporter but France one of the largest of live animal exports).
  6. Shorthorns (and second herd book ever) in 1822 called the Coates Herd Book
  7. A cow or heifer close to giving birth
  8. Ankole belong to the Sanga group, cows Indigenous to Africa. They are in east and Central Africa – primarily Uganda, the DRC, Rwanda, and Tanzania.
  9. On Christopher Columbus’ second voyage in 1493
  10. Chicago
The maze of livestock pens and walkways at Chicago’s stockyards, ca. 1947

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