Welcome to the Cow and Bull Page!
From the mighty aurochs (species primigenius, genus Bos, family Bovidae,
order Artiodactyla), hollow-horned ancestor to the common cow, who roamed
the steppes of Asia Four Million Years ago, to the common cow you see along
the road today, cows have had a busy history. One can read about this history
in its entirety in the book The Cow Book written by Marc
Gallant. On this page I will highlight some of the information contained
in the book.
The Egyptians had Hathor the Egyptian Cow Goddess, Botticelli had a cow,
India's Hindu god Indra declared cattle sacred, cows were with Mary in the
stable, the Chinese and the Irish looked to bulls for advice, using the bones
and meat, and Francis of Assisi became a cow hero when he and his fellow
monks started to roam as well. Now, everyone knows the three things cows
love best: music, dance, and travel. So, when some Spanish-backed Italian
navigator took some giant-horned cattle on his New World voyage cows all
over the world became esctatic. When the telegraph came out in America, cows
were puzzled at first, however, when they figured it out they were very impressed with
By: Robert Louis Stevenson
The friendly cow, all red and white,
I love with all my heart:
She gives me cream with all her might,
To eat with apple-tart.
She wanders lowing here and there,
And yet she cannot stray,
All in the pleasant open air,
The pleasant light of day;
And blown by all the winds that pass,
And wet with all the showers,
She walks among the meadow grass
And eats the meadow flowers.
Other sites that you might want to visit that deal with cows are:
All About Cows
Oklahoma State University