Did you know there’s a difference between a steer vs bull? There’s also a difference between a cow vs heifer.
If you’ve followed our site at all, you know that Matt is a farm kid and Jessica grew up in a typical subdivision as a city kid. When we first met and started dating, we had lots of conversations revolving around cattle terminology. Very romantic…right?! Ha! One of the basic conversations was cow terminology. Specifically, that meant discussing the difference between steer vs bull, and cow vs heifer. There’s a big difference!
If you’re not up-to-speed on steers, bulls, cows and heifers, we’ve provided basic definitions and go into much more detail below:
- Cow: A cow is a female animal that has had at least one calf. Using everyday lingo, the cows are the “moms”
- Heifer: A heifer is a female animal that has never had a calf. Once a heifer has a calf, she automatically becomes a cow. In other words, heifers are like “first-time moms”
- Bull: A mature male animal that is used for breeding. The bulls are the “dads.”
- Steer: A steer is a male animal that has been neutered.
So, what do you usually eat when you eat meat? Generally speaking if it’s good quality meat it’s usually a heifer or steer. If it’s lower quality meat, it’s usually a cow.
Now that you know the very basic definitions, let’s go a little deeper on the differences between steer vs bull and cow vs heifer.[Read more…]