6 responses

  1. mtman
    October 11, 2011

    We always referred to an intact adult male bovine a bull. A male castrated when a cafe we call a steer. A male bovine castrated as an adult we call an ox. I’ve have not been aware of a sub genes or, for that matter, an intact ox or a castrated bull, and I can find no other data to believe otherwise.

    The size different occurs because the ox is put to work and allow to age. You also seem to have the idea that bulls are a food source, they are not. Steers are raised for meat, bulls have too much testosterone, which makes the meat tough.

    Also there is no bull Chinese zodiac, there is a tiger, a rabbit, a dragon, a snake, a horse, a goat, a monkey, a roster, a dog, a pig, a rat, and an a symbol that is often misrepresented as ox but usually refers to water buffalo.


  2. Gavin
    June 10, 2013

    This info above is incorrect!

    A male calf, if not castrated will become a bull.

    If castrated, it is then know as an ox.

    That is how it is!!


    • Farmermom
      November 16, 2013

      You’re wrong Gavin. A castrated (at any age) male bovine is a steer.
      A bull gets to keep his testicles and pass along genetic traits – through natural or artificial breeding.
      An Ox, IS a separate genus. They may (chromosomally) interbreed with any breed of cattle beast (as may any other, if allowed to by humans). However, they ARE different in that they grow larger and live longer. Few get slaughtered as ‘working for a living’ makes muscle too tough to be tenderized for eating.
      Bulls, when ‘retired’ from breeding, do get slaughtered – but again, age and hormones (naturally occurring testosterone, produced by their own bodies) make the meat very tough so it’s usually used to make hamburger meat (ground beef.)


      • G Bullock
        July 12, 2017

        I have to concur. For personal and family reasons.


  3. anil Reddy
    March 21, 2014



  4. Mukti
    August 1, 2015

    This information is false.

    A bull is an adult uncastrated male domestic bovine (called a “steer” in the US).
    An ox is a bull that has had its sex organs removed.

    They are part of the same genus: Bos Taurus.

    See “bull” and “ox” in Merriam-Webster dictionary.


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