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  1. Daniel
    January 25, 2012

    Why does the Torah NOT ALLOW the castration of any animal; yet, it commands not to yoke an ox and donkey together (precipitating that oxen will be employed) — if oxen are castrated bulls ??

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    • sarra
      May 6, 2012

      In the Biblical times, an ox was a general term used, just like with the term “cows,” to a domesticated bovine regardless of age, gender, breed, type, or draft purposes.

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      • Daniel
        May 7, 2012

        Thanks.

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  2. rougeier
    October 30, 2012

    no its not oh yes it is whoops

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  3. pmailkeey
    June 29, 2013

    I still haven’t had it confirmed what the name of the beef/dairy farm animal is. I’m not accepting ‘cow’ as that is simply a gender identifier like but opposed to ‘bull’. Bulls and cows are found across several animals including elephants and seals. This topic seems to imply the animal is not an ox either; despite similarities. So if anyone can tell me the name of the animal we get beef and milk from, I’d appreciate it! Dictionaries confirm that ‘dog’ is an animal and also the male of the animal. The dictionaries don’t confirm ‘cow’ as the animal in the same way; just the female of the animal.

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    • Karen
      July 21, 2013

      Are you looking for “cattle”?

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      • pmailkeey
        July 23, 2013

        No. Bison and other animals are also referred to as cattle (comes from (goods and )chattels). Ox is the nearest I’ve got so far – and I think is possibly the answer.

        So, I think for this page, ox = cow and the differences like in the pictures is down to different breeds like all the different breeds of dog – they’re still a dog!

        Mike.

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    • Brent
      August 3, 2013

      Its bovine. Ox is older castrated bovine used as a draft animal. A steer is a younger (yearling) castrated bovine grown for meat. A cow is female bovine used for milking or birthing calfs. A young female bovine is a heifer. Males are bulls. Most people incorrectly use the term cow when they mean bovine.

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      • pmailkeey
        August 15, 2013

        No ! Bovines are an even bigger group of animals than the cattle group; including antelopes.

        Mike.

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      • alex
        April 20, 2014

        Kingdom: Animalia
        Phylum: Chordata
        Class: Mammalia
        Order: Artiodactyla
        Family: Bovidae
        Genus: Bos

        No where is it said that “ox” is the animal, only a type of this animal in which you are looking for

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      • Ramsey
        May 2, 2017

        Family: Bovidae (Bovid, singular) – includes cattle, antelopes, and goats.

        Subfamily: Bovinae – include cattle, spiral-horned antelope, and nilgai.

        But the dictionary gives two definitions for “bovine”: a technical one similar to the one above, and the second, “oxlike, cowlike,” which reflects a common parlance.

        Tribe: Bovini – includes bison, buffalo, and cattle.

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    • Mike T.
      January 14, 2014

      Aurochs are the extinct ancestors of modern domestic cattle.

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    • Robin
      January 16, 2018

      Steer is the name for the male bovine on the farm

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    • Robin
      January 16, 2018

      Steer is the castrated male bovine on the farm. That is until he is 2yrs old. Then he is an ox. That’s from Brittanica.com

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      • Mike
        January 17, 2018

        A puppy is still a dog. A kitten is still a cat – so why not a steer still an ox ?

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      • Ethan
        February 15, 2021

        I think because they do not mach.

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  4. Cait
    October 15, 2015

    also, I don’t think it’s correct to say oxen are more intelligent than cows. Intelligence is not the same as educated. You say cows are less intelligent because they haven’t been trained. Are you then saying that if an ox were simply left to graze in a field, and not trained, it is stupid, and if you train a cow, it’s intelligent?

    It’s a matter of opportunity, environment, and training…not just a “fact” that all oxen are more intelligent than all cows. There’s a difference between ignorance and stupidity, like there’s a difference between educated and intelligent. A trained circus elephant is not more intelligent than a wild elephant, for example. It’s simply been trained. IMHO

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    • Mike
      January 17, 2018

      Cows can be trained to use automatic milking machines. However, they’re not taught when to use them. I doubt you’d find other oxen using technology for themselves!

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