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A cow is a passive mob found in most grassy biomes and a source of leather, beef and milk.


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Spawning
Main article: Tutorials/Animal farming
Cows spawn above grass blocks in small herds during world generation or individually afterwards and their spawn rate varies per biome.

Herds of two to three cows spawn in grass blocks at a light level of 9 or higher with at least two blocks of space above in Bedrock Edition, except in snowy taigas, snowy plains, meadows, mangrove swamps and wooded badlands.

In Java Edition, herds of four cows spawn on grass blocks at a light level of 7 or higher with at least two blocks of space above, except in snowy plains, meadows, mangrove swamps and wooded badlands.

Also, a cow sometimes spawns inside animal pens and butchers' houses in villages.

Shearing a mooshroom turns it into a cow and drops five mushrooms corresponding to the type of mooshroom.

Most cows spawn as adults, but they have a 5% chance of spawning as a calf or baby cow.

Drops
An adult cow drops:

1 to 3 raw beef (or steak if killed while on fire), with a maximum amount is increased by 1 per level of Looting, for a maximum of 6 with Looting III.
0 to 2 leather, with a maximum amount increased by 1 per level of Looting, for a maximum of 5 with Looting III.
1–3 experience orbs are dropped when killed by a player or tamed wolf or 1–7 upon a successful breeding.
Killing a calf yields no items nor experience.

Behavior

A calf compared to a cow.

A cow moos and huffs occasionally while wanders aimlessly, but tends to stay on well lit and grassy places. A cow also:

flees and remains 25% faster for a few seconds when harmed.
looks at players within six blocks for two to four seconds sometimes.
avoids going to water unless it is following players and always avoid traversing minecart rails and walking off cliffs high enough to cause fall damage.
avoids environmental hazards, such as cactus, sweet berry bushes, dripstone, fire or lava, but make no attempts to avoid explosions.
An adult cow can be milked by using a bucket on it, yielding a milk bucket.

Breeding
Main article: Breeding
A cow follows a player who holds wheat but stops following if separated from the player by at least six blocks.

Adult cows enter love mode and pair off to create calves after they are given wheat, granting the player one to seven experience orbs. The parent cows have a cooldown of five minutes before they can breed again and the growth of calves can be accelerated using wheat; each use reduces the remaining growth duration by 10%.

Baby cows take 20 minutes to grow up and follow adult cows, preferring them instead of a player holding wheat. The calf that results from breeding attempts to go to the nearest available block to its parent, even if no path can be found. A calf pathfinds to other adult cow the it is separated from its parent by more than 24 blocks.
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