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Health points

10 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg)


Opaque blocks with at least two block space above them, or after shearing a Mooshroom.

First appearance

Alpha 1.0.8

Common drops

Kill Adult: 1–3
Breeding: 1–7




Network ID


Savegame ID


Cows are passive mobs.


Natural generation[edit]

Cows spawn on grass in herds of 4–10, at light level of 9 or more, on top of opaque blocks with at least 2 blocks of free space above.

Baby cow[edit]

A calf compared to an adult cow.

If cows are given wheat, their love mode will be triggered and they will pair off to create calves, which may grant the player a small amount of experience. The parent cows will then have a delay of 5 minutes before they can breed again.

The growth of baby cows can be slowly accelerated using wheat. Each use takes 10% off the remaining time to grow up.


Shearing a Mooshroom will turn it into a cow.


Adult cows drop 0-2 leather, 1-3 raw beef (steak if killed while on fire) and 1-3 experience.

Cows can be milked by use a bucket on it.

Like with other baby animals, killing a calf drops nothing.


Cows are 1.6875 blocks tall, 0.625 blocks wide, and 1.5 blocks long.

Cows tend to walk around slowly and aimlessly, mooing and breathing occasionally. They also tend to jump off high cliffs and make no attempt to stay out of water. During a rain or thunder storm, cows can be seen taking cover under structure or trees to avoid getting wet.

A cow will follow the player if he/she is holding wheat, even if attempting to do so could prove deadly to the cow.

In the Console Editions, cows are unaware of cliffs and holes in the ground, leading to them occasionally fall and die from excessive fall damage, if not fall in lava or mob traps.


Icon Achievement In-game description Prerequisites Actual requirements (if different) Version restriction Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Grid Leather.png
Cow Tipper Harvest some leather Time to Strike! Pick up Leather from the ground. None 15G Bronze
Grid Wheat.png
Repopulation Breed two cows with wheat Cow Tipper Breed two cows or two mooshrooms. PC N/A N/A



The original cow skin without horns.
1.0.8 Added cows. They make noise similar to a kazoo and are black and white.
1.0.9 Cows now make a more realistic cow sound.
1.0.14 Added cow horns. Cows have a new look, brown with white spots, instead of black with white spots.
1.8 Updated cow AI as part of the first AI update; they now run away when attacked.
Added raw beef and steak.
Official release
1.0.0 Beta 1.9-pre3 Added baby cows.
Cows can be bred with wheat.
1.2.1 12w07a Updated cow AI.
1.4.2 12w38a Added new step, hurt, and idle sounds.
1.8 14w02a Baby cow growth can be accelerated using wheat.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.3.0 Cows were added.
0.6.0 Baby cows were added.
Cows can now drop leather.
0.7.0 Cow spawn eggs were added to Creative.
0.8.0 Cows are attracted to wheat and can be bred.
Console Edition
TU1 Added cows.
TU5 Cows will run away when attacked.
TU7 Added baby cows.
Cows can be bred with wheat.
TU14 Baby cows can now be spawned by using Left trigger on an adult form of that mob using a spawn egg.


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  • Cows resemble Norwegian red cattle.
  • Cows in the PC Gamer Minecraft Demo are branded with a 'PCG' logo on their side.
  • Notch stated in a tweet that all breedable peaceful mobs displayed traits of both genders and could breed with any other individual of their species. This also applies to cows, since they have horns and give milk (although some cow females of certain breeds do have horns).