hi! i know these aren’t cows but i thought you might still be interested in some of the newborn lambs that were born yesterday! they’re so tiny :-) to my knowledge they’re suffolk crossed with shetland sheep!
OHHHH TY FOR SHOWING ME.... what sweet babies 🥺
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Little infodump about cow history! 🐄
So yesterdays cow was a chianina, which are one of the oldest cow breeds (dating back to the roman era) but!! Zebus are a lot older! Zebus appear in artwork as far back as the third century. Notable examples being the bull capital of Rampurva (300-200 bc) and a coin used in India around 20-21 bc.
Zebus are directly descended from aurochs, which is the (now extinct :[) ancestor of cattle. Supposedly all living cows are descended from a single herd of aurochs ! (also fun fact: the heck cattle breed is a result of German scientists attempting to recreate aurochs thru selective breeding.) European highland cattle might also be related to aurochs, since Scottish scientists have found signs of cross-breeding between highlands and wild aurochs. However highlands date back to the 6th century at the latest, while Zebus were around in India and Africa well before that :] Cows were apparently first domesticated around 8,500 bc in Southwest Asia, then brought to Egypt. (other old cow art!)
(tomb wall painting from 3,500 bc) So, as far as i can tell, the zebus are the oldest distinct breed :) Another one of the oldest breeds is the salers (sa-lairs), which date back to 8,000 bc! They seem to be the same breed of cow featured in cave paintings discovered in the area, which would make them one of the first depictions of cows.
Also, as a fun fact, it’s believed that the first painting ever made of a cow (dating back 40,000 years) was, in fact, a cow!
So i hope this helps anybody who might be interested in cow history :)
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hey, the link you posted with the latest cow post is marked as anti-trans by the shinigami eyes expansion. i know you just put it there because you used it as a reference, but i just wanted to let you know.
oh okay!! sorry i didn’t notice b/c i don’t have that extension but i changed the link to a different article 👍
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