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A large domesticated ungulate, cows have been bred for millennia to produce huge amounts of milk, meat, and leather. They are exceptionally gentle creatures and will never seek revenge, no matter how many times they are harmed. Most of them are so adapted to farm life that they cannot survive in the wild.

Base Stats

Market Value
300 Silver

Pawn Stats

Combat Power
Move Speed
3.2 c/s
Health Scale
Body Size
Mass - Baby
28.8 kg
Mass - Juvenile
72 kg
Mass - Adult
144 kg
Carrying Capacity
180 kg
Filth Rate
Hunger Rate
0.86 Nutrition/Day
Life Expectancy
22 years
Manhunter Chance
Manhunter Chance (Taming)
Trainable Intelligence
Roam Interval
2 days
Mate Interval
12 hours
Maturity Age
0.333 years (20 days)
Juvenile Age
0.2 years (12 days)
Comfortable Temp Range
-10 °C – 40 °C (14 °F – 104 °F)


Meat Yield
336 beef
Leather Yield
96 plainleather
Milk Amount
14 milk
Milking Interval
1 days
Gestation Period
6.66 days
Offspring Per Birth

Melee Combat

Attack 1
8.8 dmg (Bite)
13 % AP
2.6 second cooldown
0.7 chance factor
Attack 2
7 dmg (Blunt)
10 % AP
2 second cooldown
0.2 chance factor
Attack 3
Front left leg
8 dmg (Blunt)
12 % AP
2 second cooldown
Attack 4
Front left leg
8 dmg (Poke)
12 % AP
2 second cooldown
Attack 5
Front right leg
8 dmg (Blunt)
12 % AP
2 second cooldown
Attack 6
Front right leg
8 dmg (Poke)
12 % AP
2 second cooldown
Average DPS
AnimalFarm, AnimalCommon

The cow is a large herbivore best known for its milk and tasty meat. Males of the species are referred to as Bulls and can be distinguished by their horns and lack of udders, while females are referred to as Cows and have the opposite features. Babies of either gender are referred to as Calves and have the features of adults of their gender.


Cows don't spawn in the wild and thus cannot be tamed. They can only be obtained via trading or received through the animal self-taming event.


Cows are pen animals. Once tamed, pen animals cannot and do not need to be trained any further. But if left outside of a pen or caravan hitching spot, pen animals will eventually roam outside your colony. Making a caravan is not required to tie animals to a caravan hitching spot.

A female cow can be milked for up to 14 units of milk per day (depending on your pawn's Animal Gather Yield).


Cows are reasonably efficient animals that produce milk, which can be used as a meat substitute for fine meals and lavish meals.

While they are worse for vegetarian food than chickens, cows can be friendlier to your computer (lots of chickens can create lag).


When slaughtered, a cow yields 67 meat and 25 leather as a calf; 168 meat and 48 as a juvenile; or 336 meat and 96 leather as an adult.

  • Milking

Female cows produce Milk 14 per day, or 0.7 nutrition in milk per day. A cow consumes 0.86 nutrition per day. This results in a nutrition efficiency of 81.4% from milk alone (Milk 16.28 per day per 1 nutrition consumed).

Cows produce 27% more milk than the next best producer, the yak. However, yaks are also pack animals.

  • Slaughtering + Milking

Slaughtered as calves, and including the production of milk, the nutrition efficiency of a population of cows varies from 70.3% to 140.5% depending on how many more female cows there are than bulls.

If the calves are allows to grow to adulthood before they are slaughtered, this changes to 38.8%-143.6%.

Cows are reasonably nutritionally efficient, but they are slightly less so than Horses and Ibexs. The increased work required to milk the cows every day further places them behind such competition. As a result, the cow shines best in colonies with the Animal Personhood meme, that want to create fine or lavish meals without slaughtering animals. Even in this regard, cows are inferior to chickens in every respect other than lag-friendliness.

Nutrition in a closed system[edit]

Cows can eat simple meals and nutrient paste meals, even out of their own milk. By converting milk into simple meals, cows create 1.26 nutrition per day, assuming you have a sufficiently skilled Animals handler. This results in a nutrition efficiency of 147%; a female cow can sustain itself on its own milk so long as cook can constantly produce it meals.

Using nutrient paste, an efficiency of 244% is reached, enough to feed a cow and bull. However, nutrient paste must be dispensed manually.


This animal can be trained as follows:

Guard:  Ex.png
Attack:  Ex.png
Rescue:  Ex.png
Haul:  Ex.png

*As of version 1.1.2610, all animals can be tamed. The percentage of likelihood of success depends on factors such as the Animals Wildness Percentage, Pawn Handling Skill, and others. More information can be found on the animals page.


Body part Health
Head 38
Skull 38
Brain 15
Nose 15
Neck 38
Jaw 30
Eye [1]
(left, right)
(left, right)
Body 60
(left, right)
(left, right)
Liver[2] 30
Heart[2] 23
Spine[2] 38
Stomach[2] 30
(left, right, fore, hind)
(left, right, fore, hind)
  1. Located inside of Head.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Located inside of Body.

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