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2009-03-27 10:51:15

A farmer in the British county of Somerset says one of his cows has given birth to twin calves that are of different breeds. Farmer Vic Phillips, 27, said his cow Jemima, a Simmental breed, mated with his bull Eric, an Aberdeen Angus, and the result was twin calves, one a Simmental and the other an Aberdeen, The Daily Telegraph reported Thursday. It happens but it is quite rare. I thought there must have been a mistake and another cow had given birth as well but it turned out that they were...

2009-03-21 22:52:33

A wildlife photographer got footage of a pink elephant calf with a herd of about 80 elephants in Botswana. Experts told the British Broadcasting Corp. the calf is probably an albino and it risks harm to its skin, and possible blindness, from exposure to intense sunlight. Mike Holding saw the calf in the Okavango Delta while filming footage for a BBC program. We only saw it for a couple of minutes as the herd crossed the river, he said. This was a really exciting moment for everyone in camp....

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2009-03-20 12:24:56

A wildlife cameraman captured pictures of a pink baby elephant in Botswana, BBC News reported. The calf was spotted among a herd of about 80 elephants in the Okavango Delta and experts believe it is probably an albino "” an extremely rare phenomenon in African elephants. However, some fear for the calf's chances of long-term survival, as the harsh African sunlight could cause blindness and skin problems for the calf. "We only saw it for a couple of minutes as the herd crossed the river....

2009-03-19 10:58:21

The Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine said a statistical miracle occurred when a cow gave birth triplet bull calves. Officials with the college said only about one in every 105,000 cattle births are triplets and they estimated the odds of a cow birthing triplets of a single sex at about one in 700,000, the (Kennewick, Wash.) Tri-City Herald reported Thursday. The officials said cattle triplets only have about a 25 percent chance that they will all be born alive....

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2009-03-09 12:50:00

Cattle ranchers in Texas are being hit by record droughts and record economic lows, leading to the lowest cattle herds in 50 years. With people across the US being impacted by the recession, many are cutting back on what they buy at the grocery store. This means many are replacing steak with affordable ground beef, which is leading to falling prices for beef. What's more, the drought has caused grazing to be harder to find. So, cows' diets primarily consist of protein supplements,...

2009-03-01 11:15:44

A Missouri farmer says he unsure what he will do with the carcass of a rare two-headed calf that died a day and a half after birth. The brown bull calf was born with two fully formed heads connected to the body just behind the skulls, said Scott Cliff, a farmer in Aldrich. I just couldn't believe it. We've never seen anything like it, said Clift, who raises beef cattle. The calf, born Wednesday, was unable to walk and was bottle-fed by Clift's family until it died Thursday, the Springfield...

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2009-02-09 09:10:00

University of Utah biologists discovered that young "right whales" learn from their mothers where to eat, raising concern about their ability to find new places to feed if Earth's changing climate disrupts their traditional dining areas. "A primary concern is, what are whales going to do with global warming, which may change the location and abundance of their prey?" asks Vicky Rowntree, research associate professor of biology and a coauthor of the new study. "Can they adapt if they learn...

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2009-02-03 12:15:00

Researchers reported on Monday, that older mothers may do a better job raising their children than younger, less-experienced moms, amongst killer whales.The researchers looked over 30 years of data to find that calves born to the oldest killer whales were 10 percent more likely to survive the critical first year of life than calves born to younger mothers."Older mothers appear to be better mothers, producing calves with higher survival rates," Eric Ward of the Northwest Fisheries Science...

2008-09-30 13:00:00

Marine conservationists say they were unable to save a baby pygmy sperm whale found entangled in mangroves in Florida's middle Keys. The female calf was euthanized Monday after being transported to the Marine Mammal Conservancy in Key Largo, said conservancy President Robert Lingenfelser. The calf, about 13 feet long and less than 1 week old, was found dehydrated and starving with lungs full of water, The Miami Herald reported Tuesday, noting the calf was susceptible to infection. "Marine...

2008-09-11 15:00:40

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the sentencing of a West Virginia cattle dealer to six months probation. Shirley Rhodes of Sandyville, W.Va., was convicted of refusing to obey court orders that prohibited her from introducing animals into the food supply until the FDA had approved her record-keeping system, the agency said. The FDA said it initiated the case after illegal levels of drug residue were found repeatedly in calves that Rhodes sold for use as human food. U.S....


Latest Calf Reference Libraries

British White Cattle
2014-07-12 11:57:42

The British White is a breed of cattle with a confirmed history during the 1600s but may have originated before that. Its exact origin is unknown but herds of the British White were found in Britain and Ireland dating back centuries. Original herds were kept in the Park of Whalley Abbey in the Forest of Bowland near Clitheroe. During the 1800s most of the cattle were transported to Norfolk and sold in small lots, mainly to nobility. In the early 1900s, only around 130 registered British...

British Friesian Cattle
2014-07-12 11:44:10

The British Friesian is a breed of cattle from the United Kingdom. The modern British Friesian dominated the dairy cattle population from the 1950s through the 1980s. Stock as well as semen were exported during this time throughout the world. The original Friesian breed was imported to ports of England and Scotland during the 1800s until it was stopped in 1892 when a threat of foot and mouth disease became a concern. By the end of 1912 there were 1,000 bulls and 6,000 cows registered in...

Belgian Blue Cattle
2014-07-09 14:37:46

The Belgian Blue is a breed of beef cattle originating in Belgium. It was developed in the 1800s by crossbreeding local cattle with a Shorthorn breed from the United Kingdom. It is quite possible that the Charolais cattle was also used in the development of the Belgian Blue. A modern breed of the Belgian blue was developed in the 1950s by Professor Hanset while working at an artificial insemination facility in the Liege province. The breed was introduced to the United States in 1978 by...

Australian Charbray Cattle
2014-07-09 12:40:07

The Australian Charbray is a breed of beef cattle that originated in Australia. It was developed by crossing the Charolais and Brahman breeds. Most Australian Charbray are about 75 percent Charolais and 25 percent Brahman. It is a large breed, very muscular with loose skin, possibly by being introduced to Bos indicus blood. It has a cream to light red color as an adult. The calf is usually born a light tan but will change to a creamy white in a few weeks. The Charbray is a hardy breed,...

Arouquesa Cattle
2014-07-04 10:20:33

The Arouquesa is a breed of cattle from Portugal and is in protected geographical status. Its range of habitat is restricted to the Northern Portuguese districts of Viseu, Aveiro, Porto and Braga. It is a small breed with the cow only reaching a height of about 48 inches and weighing between 790 and 950 pounds. The bull is slightly bigger at about 52 inches high and will weigh about the same as the cow. The color is a light brown, but the bull will be a little darker than the cow. There...

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vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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