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Q: Top speed of a cow? ( No Answer,   4 Comments )
Subject: Top speed of a cow?
Category: Science > Agriculture and Farming
Asked by: tulsaoc3guy-ga
List Price: $3.00
Posted: 02 Jul 2005 14:39 PDT
Expires: 01 Aug 2005 14:39 PDT
Question ID: 539428
What is the top speed in miles per hour of cattle found in the U.S.?
In particular, what is the top speed of the typical animal raised for
beef production in the continental U.S.? (For example, cheetahs can
achieve a top speed of 65mph, man can achieve a top speed of 12 mph.
What can cattle achieve?) Academic/trade reference is preferred for the answer.
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: Top speed of a cow?
From: omnivorous-ga on 02 Jul 2005 19:45 PDT
Tulsa --

I was going to say "about 120 mph terminal velocity" when that darned
Barbara Mikkelson foiled me again:

Best regards,

Grandson of a dairy farmer
Subject: Re: Top speed of a cow?
From: owain-ga on 03 Jul 2005 06:05 PDT
A bison can do 30 mph

Subject: Re: Top speed of a cow?
From: andrewxmp-ga on 04 Jul 2005 08:14 PDT
Humans can run far faster than 12 mph.  During a sprint, I believe it
is somewhere around 23mph.  (200 meters in about 19.5 seconds (world
record) = about 23 miles per hour.)
Subject: Re: Top speed of a cow?
From: irishlad-ga on 06 Jul 2005 11:29 PDT
Here's a link to an actual cow race that took place...

This was over a one mile course. The winner finished in 8:54.4 which
should give her an average speed of 5.55 mph (I think). This was a
whole mile run though. From my own experience, cows are a lot faster
than that when they are sprinting... I could never catch up to them in
the barnyard!

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