Fun Facts

Cattle

No two cows will ever be found with an identical pattern of spots.

The accent of a cow’s mooing depends on the region it belongs to.

A single cow lets out enough harmful methane gas to fill about 400-litre bottles.

Bulls can't see red: they're known to be colour-blind. It’s a black-and-white life for them!

You can lead a cow up the stairs, but not down the stairs.

Cows drink anywhere from 25-50 gallons of water each day.

Cows can detect odours up to five miles away.

Cattle are able to hear lower and higher frequencies better than human beings.

A cow averages 40,000 jaw movements a day.

Cows have four-chambered stomachs.

Cattle can sleep standing up.

Cows do not have any upper front teeth. Instead they have a thick pad on the top jaw.

Cows drink anywhere from 25-50 gallons of water each day.

Sheep

There are about 1 billion sheep on the planet.

On the 24th of March, 1978, a sheep was found under the snow that had been there for 50 days. The sheep’s warm breath had melted passages in the snow, so that it was able to breathe. His wool protected him from freezing.

If you see a sheep on its back, lend a hand! A sheep can't get up from this position.

Sheep prefer running water when they drink.

Sheep have poor eyesight but an excellent sense of hearing.

Lamb is the lowest in cholesterol of all red meats.

Sheep theft is still legally a hangable offence in Scotland.

There are about 900 different breeds of sheep

Sheep grow two teeth a year until they have eight.

Sheep only have lower teeth that press against an upper palette

Spinning wool into thread began about 5,000 years ago.

Pigs

Pet Pig Walking Licences – yes if you want to take ‘babe’ for a walk you'll need to contact your Local Animal Health Office (AHO) who'll review your route and give you permission.

Pigs can cover a mile in 7.5 minutes when running at top speed.

Pigs are very intelligent and learn very quickly. They are the 4th smartest animal - humans are first, primates are second, dolphins/whales are third and pigs are fourth.

Pig hair is used for artist's brushes, insulation, upholstery.

Pig heart valves are surgically implanted in humans to replace diseased valves.

A mother pig is called a sow, a father pig is called a boar and a baby pig is called a piglet. A whole group of pigs is called a herd.

Even though pigs have four toes on each hoof, they walk on only two of the toes. This makes them look as if they are tiptoeing.

Despite the myth pigs don't prefer to sit in mud, they prefer cleanliness more so than other animals.  They refuse to mess anywhere near their living or eating areas when given a choice.

Pigs use mud for protection against flies and parasites, as well as a form of sunscreen. 

Pigs have such a well developed sense of smell that they can easily find things underground which makes them ideal truffle hunters.

The largest pig to date was a Poland-China hog, named ‘Big Bill’. It weighed 2,552 lbs and had a height of 5 feet and a length of 9 feet.

The largest litter of piglets ever born included 37 piglets, out of which 36 were born alive and 33 survived.

A full grown pig can drink up to 14 gallons of water a day. 

Pork Pies

A Pork pie is a traditional British meat pie. It consists of roughly chopped pork and pork jelly sealed in a hot water crust pastry. It is normally eaten cold. It can be eaten as a snack or as part of a meal.

A common variation on the common pork pie is the gala pie; a pie in which the pork is mixed with chicken and with a hard boiled egg in the centre. Gala pies are often baked in long, loaf-type tins, with multiple eggs arranged along the centre.

Other names for a pork pie:

In Yorkshire, a pork pie is sometimes referred to as a "growler" and also in some parts of Jersey.

In some parts of Yorkshire, especially West Yorkshire (and more so, Halifax), pork pies are called "stand pies".

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