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The Ultimate Cattle Quiz
by Staff
The word cattle, for many of us, conjures up images of cowboys rounding up the herds. For a more prosaic but current view on the subject, take this quiz.

What are heifers?

  • young cattle
  • young bulls
  • young cows

How are calves intended for beef production prepared?

  • are castrated
  • are fed a special diet
  • are kept in a restricted space

What is an ox?

  • male used for breeding
  • work animal
  • derogatory term for slow-witted cattle

To what use is cattle hair put?

  • fur coats
  • paint brushes
  • felt

What do soap and candles have in common?

  • made from cattle fat
  • use cattle glands
  • contain powdered cattle hoofs

What are certain glues made from?

  • glands
  • hooves
  • skins

Which animal produces the best quality beef?

  • oxen
  • heifers
  • steers

Of the two sexes, which has horns?

  • both
  • males
  • females

What are polled cattle?

  • cattle that have been counted and branded
  • hornless cattle
  • cattle that feed on polls

Why are the horns of cattle sometimes removed?

  • Makes them more active.
  • The horns are sold for medicinal purposes.
  • Makes them less aggressive.

Do hornless cattle fetch lower prices than their horned friends?

  • fetch higher prices
  • males fetch lower prices
  • only females fetch higher prices

How many compartments do cattle stomachs have?

  • two
  • three
  • four

Just what does the expression "chewing the cud" mean?

  • communication between grazing cows
  • chewing partially digested food
  • activity during mating season

What is the most valuable asset of a beef steer?

  • lean muscular ribs
  • curved back and short neck
  • full, fleshy hindquarters

By what age do beef cattle move on to their destiny?

  • three years old
  • five years old
  • seven years old

To what age can cattle live?

  • 8 to 12 years
  • 12 to 15 years
  • 15 to 20 years

At what age can a male be used for breeding?

  • 9 months
  • 12 months
  • 3 years

What are purebred cattle?

  • cattle born to same breed
  • result of natural insemination
  • cattle born in a controlled dietary system

Why would a farmer want purebred cattle?

  • It is a major status symbol.
  • They require less roaming room.
  • They produce more and better meat.

What is the most popular beef breed in the United States?

  • Angus
  • Hereford
  • Shorthorn