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She is far and wide: as a car for either farmers and advertisers, a subject matter for learn 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 continues to be a beguiling secret. Combining a myriad of richly unique anecdotes and an abundance of illuminating discoveries, Florian Werner offers the curious cultural background of that almost all interesting of animals: the cow.

Since evolving from the aurochs, an ungulate that grazed the Persian grasslands, the cow has embedded itself into almost all features of our lives. Cow is the 1st e-book to examine the animal in its numerous manifestations in cultures around the globe. Werner examines cows' function in trade as an early type of foreign money and their position on our plates and in our stomachs within the kind of meat and dairy items. Florian Werner examines how cows are worshipped in a few circles, reminiscent of in Hindu mythology, and abhorred in others, at the present time 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 easy yet significant moo.

Combining thorough examine 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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I saw that the pressure applied by the equipment had a calming effect on the animals. I became very interested in the squeeze chute because I was extremely anxious and had many panic attacks; my nervous system abnormalities, due to autism, made me desperate for relief. I tried getting in the cattle squeeze chute, and it calmed my nerves. This experience motivated me to design better equipment to handle the wild beef cattle that were not accustomed to close human contact. S. and Canada are handled in systems I developed.

In other words, cattle trading is the epitome of market-based trading. One could even say that our predominant form of economy would be inconceivable without cows. Because of their tremendous importance as draft animals and producers of milk, meat, and leather, cows have been synonymous with wealth in large parts of the Western world for thousands of years. If you owned cows, you were considered affluent. If you could afford only one cow, you at least didn’t have to live in fear of starvation. ” In many European languages, expressions relating to private property and the world of finance are often deeply rooted in the world of cattle trading.

A steak knife in this context is more than just a particularly sharp piece of cutlery; it functions, in a sense, as a dental prosthesis, a substitute for the fangs that have shrunk in the course of human evolution. The only people who are even further removed from the act of killing and carving up cattle than steak eaters are fast-food consumers. They devour cows—hacked into pieces and formed into standardized patties that hardly need biting or tearing apart—clamped between the two halves of a bun.

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