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A Swiss Braunvieh cou weirin a cowbell
Scientific classification edit
Kinrick: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Cless: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Faimily: Bovidae
Subfaimily: Bovinae
Genus: Bos
Species: B. taurus
Binomial name
Bos taurus
Bovine range
  • Bos primigenius
  • Bos indicus

Kye (colloquially cous) is yin o’ the maist common teep o muckle domesticatit ungulates. Thay are a prominent modren member o the subfaimily Bovinae, are the maist widespreid species o the genus Bos, an are maist commonly classifee'd collectively as Bos taurus.

Kye is commonly raised as fermstockin for meat (beef an veal), as dairy ainimals for milk an ither dairy products, an as draucht ainimals (owsen or bullocks that pull cairts, plows an ither implements). Ither products include laither an dung for manur or fuel. In some regions, sic as pairts o Indie, cattle hae signeeficant releegious meanin.

Aroond 10,500 year syne, kye wis domesticatit frae as few as 80 progenitors in sootheast Taerkey.[1] Accordin tae an estimate frae 2011, thare 1.4 billion kye in the warld.[2] In 2009, kye becam ane o the first fermstockin animals tae hae a fou mappit genome.[3] Some conseeder kye the auldest form o walth, an nowt raidin consequently ane o the earliest forms o thift.

Names for kye[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • Heifer - a young cou
  • Mairt - an owse or cou fattened for slauchter
  • Cauf (pl. caur) - a babbie cou
  • Bull (or bu') - a male cou

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. Bollongino, R.; Burger, J.; Powell, A.; Mashkour, M.; Vigne, J.-D.; Thomas, M. G. (2012). "Modern taurine cattle descended from small number of Near-Eastern founders". Molecular Biology and Evolution. 29 (9): 2101–2104. doi:10.1093/molbev/mss092. PMID 22422765. Archived frae the original on 31 Mairch 2012. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help) Op. cit. in Wilkins, Alasdair (28 Mairch 2012). "DNA reveals that cows were almost impossible to domesticate". io9. Archived frae the original on 12 Mey 2012. Retrieved 2 Apryle 2012. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)
  2. "Counting Chickens". The Economist. 27 Julie 2011. Archived frae the original on 15 Julie 2016. Retrieved 6 Julie 2016. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)
  3. Brown, David (23 Apryle 2009). "Scientists Unravel Genome of the Cow". The Washington Post. Archived frae the original on 28 Juin 2011. Retrieved 23 Apryle 2009. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)