What Is a Group of Cattle Called?

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A group of cattle is called a herd, mob, drift or drove. In the United States, domesticated cattle live in fenced pastures and are sheltered in barns. They provide various products, including meat, dairy products, leather and soap. In some parts of the world, cattle pull wagons and plows.

Unlike the moderated habitats of domesticated cattle, wild or feral cattle roam freely and obliterate food sources in forests and grasslands through indiscriminate eating. Hooves pulverize plants and foliage, and damage is so severe that natural regeneration is impossible, which results in disrupted ecosystems. Cattle, both wild and domesticated, live in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.