Tuesday, April 12, 2011
A cow isn't JUST a cow..
Unknown to most people, what we think of as cow isn’t always a cow at all. In fact, an intact (i.e., not castrated) adult male is called a bull. A young female before she has had a calf of her own and is under three years of age is called a heifer, while a young female that has had only one calf is occasionally called a first-calf heifer, and then a castrated male is called a steer in the United States.
Cattle raised for human consumption are called beef cattle, and Cattle of certain breeds bred specifically for milk production are called milking or dairy cattle, while a cow kept to provide milk for one family may be called a house cow or milker.
So what, exactly, is a cow? A cow is an adult female that has had a calf (or two) and she is normally domesticated as well.
To describe these different types of cattle, the word normally used is bovine. All of these bovine creatures have multiple uses, but there’s one more that wasn’t mentioned. After the cow – or other type of bovine mammal – is used to its fullest, by creating the different meats and such that we eat and use today, the last part is to be used that and hopefully not wasted is the skin or the cowhide. And although this may sound somewhat alarming, in all reality, the cow was to be slaughtered anyway for its meat, so instead of looking at this in an unfavorable light, consider the fact that really what we are doing is being as efficient as possible.
Nothing so beautiful needs to go to waste that is why cowhides are so desirable in the design world.
At Rawhide Company we seek to only give you the most beautiful cowhide rugs at the best prices we can, and no matter what kind of “cow” the skin is made of - we assure you that it will be of the best quality rawhide and cowhides we have and give you the best interior design around.