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What is the difference between Heifer and Cow?

Asked by Jasmijn , Last updated: Dec 02, 2020

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B. Wright

B. Wright

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B. Wright
B. Wright, Analyst, MCA, Boston

Answered Dec 02, 2020

Heifer and cow are two terms that are often used interchangeably to describe one animal. However, there is a clear difference between the two and they should not be used in the same context. A heifer is used to describe a female cow that has not had any children yet.

A heifer then becomes a cow once they have children. A male cow is not called a heifer. Instead, it should be called a bull. It is important to know the difference so that you can understand the gender of the cow if a person is calling it a heifer or a bull.

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L. Sevigny

L. Sevigny

L. Sevigny
L. Sevigny, Doctor, Las Vegas

Answered Jul 07, 2020

Have you heard some people refer to what you know as a cow to be “heifer?” You should not confuse the two with each other. When you say “heifer,” this refers to a female cow that has not have had any offspring yet. The moment that a “heifer” is able to produce an offspring, that is the time when it will be called a cow. There are also some differences with the names of the male cows.

For example, an adult male cow will be called as a bull. There are different bulls that are being used as entertainment in some parts of the world but some people have gotten into accidents because of it. Some have even died because of it.

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