Features of a Teddy Cow
Cows are mainly divided into two types: meat and dairy. But there is a variety that does not apply to any of them because of its decorative effect. A plush cow is the most amazing representative whose appearance can amaze anyone who looks at the photo.
A bit of history
Cows with dense vegetation on the body have been bred for a long time. Even in the VI century, long-haired Scottish cows were mentioned, which were a symbol of the country. Due to adaptation to harsh climatic conditions, they have grown long bangs and fur, which perfectly protects from the cold. However, plush cows are the only representatives in which even limbs are covered with wool.
The presence of fluffy soft fur throughout the body gives the cows the look of plush toys. They were first introduced by farmer Matt Lottner from Iowa in 2011. Photos of animals just blew up the Internet. In 2013, one of the famous farmer’s pets won a prize at the annual fair. Glory prompted Matt Lottner to move from breeding meat breeds to purely decorative ones and to describe all his works in the book.
Some livestock farmers claim that the farmer did not select the breed, but the result was only a special treatment, shearing and laying wool. Before the events, plush cows are really put in order and give them the appearance of a toy with the help of laying tools. After special processing of the wool, the gobies look larger and the cows are nicer.
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In order for the wool to take a beautiful unusual look, on the Lotter farm several types of combs with various nozzles and brushes are used. The wool is looked after with special oils, and the proprietary recipe for wrapping with neoprene is a real secret. At exhibitions and fairs not only the condition of the wool is evaluated, but also individual characteristics.
Iowa plush cows come in a wide variety of colors. Their main feature is the complete absence of horns and the presence of an udder in females, not intended for milking. A wide powerful neck holds a small head, the scruff passes into a flat back. The back is slightly raised. The tail is long with a shaggy brush.
The body is squared with round barrels. Plush cows have straight, short legs that look like columns because of the thick coat. The plush breed of cows was nicknamed for unusual fluffiness. Unlike other representatives, their hair is soft and tender, similar to plush to the touch.
Despite their entire toy appearance, animals have a fairly massive weight:
- heifers an average of 550 kg;
- gobies can reach 800 kg.
They are distinguished by extraordinary intelligence and quick wit. The nature of the animals is kind, flexible.
How to contain
Plush cows are mainly used for all kinds of exhibitions. A very valuable material is their wool, often an analogy is made with alpaca wool. In order for the animal to look attractive, it is necessary to observe the rules of keeping:
- the diet should be balanced with the obligatory complex of vitamins and minerals;
- wool care.
The content of plush cows is quite painstaking work. To make them look like in the photo, you need to work tirelessly on their appearance. For example, before a responsible exhibition, a plush calf spends almost the whole day in a beauty salon. A special composition of oil and vitamins is applied to the wool, after which the animal is completely wrapped in neoprene fabric.
Wash your pet once a week using shampoo and conditioner. Drying wool is necessary only with the help of a hair dryer, otherwise it will fall off and become unattractive. A few days before the fair, water treatments are held daily.
How much is it and what is it used for
The price of a plush burenka is quite high, and getting a fluffy miracle is not so simple. To date, a purchase can only be made in America. The price can reach tens of thousands of dollars. In addition to buying, calves from Iowa require considerable costs for their maintenance, because their chic appearance is an unnatural phenomenon, and the merit of the owner. If you still really want to have such a pet and hesitate, then in defense you can say that conscientious care is paying off. Money received at exhibitions for prizes beat off all the costs of calves.
Many people are interested in the question of why “buns” are needed, because they do not give milk, meat is unprofitable. You can keep a dog or a cat for beauty, and spend much less money.
Their main feature is a high cost. The breed remained unregistered, but its popularity is increasing every day. And if before these animals could only be found in America, today not only one Russian farm can boast of their presence. Animal defenders became interested in this breed and proposed to ban their slaughter at all.
There was a proposal not to consider decorative pets as representatives of cattle, but to classify them as pets, along with cats and dogs. Such an experience already exists. For example, small horses that reach 20 kg can be kept in an apartment. Of course, a handsome man who weighs half a ton cannot be kept in an apartment.
A plush cow is one of the representatives of cattle that is bred for purely aesthetic purposes. It is unprofitable to slaughter them for meat, they do not give milk. A distinctive feature of such animals is the complete absence of horns and an udder that is not intended for milking.
There is much debate about breed breeding. The unusual appearance and soft wool is not so much a merit of nature, as the owners themselves, who put a lot of effort and money into keeping pets. In recent years, breeders Monopoly and Heatwave have been most highly rated. For them, in the literal sense of the word, they are simply fighting. Calves from the lines in question take first places at exhibitions, which brings considerable income to the owners.