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By Florian Werner, Visit Amazon's Doris Ecker Page, search results, Learn about Author Central, Doris Ecker, , Temple Grandin

ISBN-10: 1553655818

ISBN-13: 9781553655817

She is all over: as a car for either farmers and advertisers, a topic for examine scientists and poets, and ever-present within the type of fortunate charms, kid's toys, or just as a delectable sandwich-filler. the feminine of the bovine species is respected as sacred or reviled as silly, yet something she by no means evokes is indifference. After greater than 10000 years residing along us, she is still a beguiling secret. Combining a myriad of richly wonderful anecdotes and an abundance of illuminating discoveries, Florian Werner provides the curious cultural historical past of that the majority exciting of animals: the cow.

Since evolving from the aurochs, an ungulate that grazed the Persian grasslands, the cow has embedded itself into nearly all elements of our lives. Cow is the 1st booklet to examine the animal in its numerous manifestations in cultures around the globe. Werner examines cows' function in trade as an early type of forex and their position on our plates and in our stomachs within the type of meat and dairy items. Florian Werner examines how cows are worshipped in a few circles, similar to in Hindu mythology, and abhorred in others, this day being vilified as an agent of weather switch. And he waxes philosophic concerning the value of the cow's rumination and cud chewing, in addition to her uncomplicated yet significant moo.

Combining thorough study with an obtainable writing kind, Florian Werner deals readers an eye-opening viewpoint in this commodified animal, whose life is inextricably intertwined with ours and which we too frequently take for granted.

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In my own work with cattle, I’ve done some long, hard thinking about the relationship between humans and animals. My first contact with cows was in high school, where I learned how to milk cows at the school’s small twelve-cow dairy. During the summer I visited my aunt’s ranch in Arizona, and I was introduced to wild beef cattle that grazed on extensive pastures. Since these animals were not tame, they had to be held in a squeeze chute for their vaccinations. I saw that the pressure applied by the equipment had a calming effect on the animals.

The German folk song “von Herrn Pasturn sien Kauh” (About the parson’s cow), for example, praises the cow’s universal endowments rather succinctly. Every verse is dedicated to a part of the physical legacy of a recently deceased cow and the respective beneficiaries of the products. The gracious parson gives every member of his congregation a piece of the cow carcass: And for the olde fire brigade a pot of axle grease is made And night watchman Father Thorn is blowing on his brand-new horn And the lowly butcher’s boy all the guts will he employ Hey, sing, sing along now about the parson’s cow The fact that this song survives with hundreds of different verses gives an inkling of just how many things can be made from the remains of a cow.

The farmer and his three-year-old son await their return in happy anticipation. His dream is about to come true. In just a few moments he will be the proud owner of a cow. ” He jumped up and rushed to the window. “Not so,” he said returning, “that came from the neighbor’s shed! Well now, tomorrow the reply will come from my own shed! Well, my boy . . Your father has finally made it, the cow is already on its way! You have to get yourself a horse when you are grown up! ” To while away the waiting time, Andreas smugly looks at the money he has saved up for the purchase of this cow in the light of the tallow lamp, telling himself once more in detail the story of how he has earned it.

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