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Common Livestock of Oseria

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Cows are the most common type of cattle. They are commonly kept for their beef, milk, hides for leather, and dung for manure. They are the most prominent source of meat in Oseria, but are also used to pull carts and wagons alike. Humans all across the continent sell cattle for money, land, and even marriage. The weight and yield from an adult cow fully depends on the breed and it’s diet. Smaller cows can range between 600 to 1,000 pounds where larger breeds can range from 1,400 to 2,500 pounds.
Even though cows are mostly domesticated, they are still animals. If a cow gets aggravated it can destroy property, trample citizens, or harm other livestock. Korsians have even come up with a form of entertainment regarding large adult males. Taking advantage of the aggressive nature of some cows, they would poke and prod the male and release it into a ring or arena where an entertainer dodges the relentless charges of the bull. Many have been killed in these shows, but it is a very popular event nonetheless.


Sheep are the source of Oserian fine wool production. This breed is only grown for the wool they grow. Their meat is edible, but many find it stringy and tough. The taste is somewhat bitter and leaves a bad taste in the mouth afterward. These sheep must be shaved every other season. If these sheep are neglected and not shaved, their wool can become an impediment to their well being. It can grow over their eyes, past their feet onto the ground, and become a weight issue. If taken care of correctly, however, you will receive two yields of high quality wool that can become a wide variety of products such as blankets, clothing, and insulation.


The most common type of domesticated fowl in Esna. Known for their ease of keep and bountiful yields, the chicken produces eggs over their lifespan or can be harvested for their meat and feathers. Chickens are omnivores and will eat almost anything that is thrown in their pens. They will often scratch the soil for seeds, insects and sometimes even small reptiles if they get lucky enough. The average chicken lives for around 5 years, but can live up to 10 if kept well enough. Roosters can be paired with hens to fertilize eggs that will hatch in about 20 days. Despite their ease of keep, chickens are often targeted by wild predators for a quick and easy meal so they are often defended by hounds or the farmer for many hours of the day.


A bit more uncommon when it comes to farm animals is the pig. A bit harder to keep compared to other cattle, the pig is a large and heavy creature with a long snout and large tusks. Pig fat and meat is considered a delicacy when raised correctly and their bristly hair is commonly used for creating brushes. However, sometimes people keep pigs for more than just their meat. If watched throughout the day, pigs can be found foraging for roots, flowers, and mushrooms. Pigs are particularly keen to the smell of these things and can be intercepted before they reach their meal. This makes them an essential tool for finding and foraging rare mushrooms and roots.
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