This gallery was coordinated to express just how important the cow and oxen were to the average farm in America. Too many people often think that the cow is nothing more than a livestock animal being raised for milk and meat. Little do they realize that the cow was a tremendous help around the farm. Large cows and oxen were used to pull heavy carts full of farm supplies around the fields, so that farmers wouldn't have to carry it themselves. Farms often times treated their cows like members of the family for the work they put in.