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Bulls: A Guide to Their Breeds, History, Culture, and Symbolism




Bulls are among the most iconic and influential animals in human history. They have been domesticated for thousands of years and have played a vital role in agriculture, religion, art, and sport. But what exactly is a bull and what makes it so special? In this article, we will explore the breeds, history, culture, and symbolism of these magnificent mammals.


What is a bull?




A bull is an intact (i.e., not castrated) adult male of the species Bos taurus (Cow). More muscular and aggressive than the females of the same species (i.e., cows), bulls have long been an important symbol in many religions, including for sacrifices.




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Bulls have several distinctive features that help them fight for dominance over a herd and access to cows for reproduction. They have thicker bones, larger feet, a very muscular neck, and a large, bony head with protective ridges over the eyes. They also have horns that vary in shape and size depending on the breed. Their hair is generally shorter on the body but longer on the neck and head. They usually have a hump on their shoulders.


How many breeds of bulls are there?




There are over 1000 breeds of cattle recognized worldwide, some of which are adapted to the local climate, others which were bred by humans for specialized uses. Cattle breeds fall into two main types: Bos indicus (or Bos taurus indicus), commonly called zebu, which are adapted to hot climates and originated in tropical parts of the world; and Bos taurus (or Bos taurus taurus), typically referred to as \"taurine\" cattle, which are adapted to cooler climates and originated from Europe and northern Asia.


Bulls can be found in all continents except Antarctica. They live in farms, ranches, grasslands, and sometimes in semi-feral or feral conditions. They are used for meat, dairy, draught, breeding, or cultural purposes.


What are some of the most popular and distinctive breeds of bulls?




There are hundreds of breeds of bulls that differ in size, color, shape, temperament, and performance. Here are some examples of some of the most popular and distinctive breeds:



Breed


Origin


Color


Purpose


Aberdeen Angus


Scotland


Black or red


Meat


Brahman


India/USA


Gray or red


Meat/Draught


Charolais


France


Creamy white


Meat/Draught


Holstein Friesian


Netherlands/Germany


Black and white


Dairy/Meat


Jersey


Jersey (UK)


Brown or fawn


Dairy


Limousin


France


Golden red


Meat


Nguni


Africa