The DFS Bull and Cow have a lifespan of 30 days, and provide beef at the end of their lifecycle. The Bull will also produce fertilizer every 24 hours. Fertilizer will be ready to collect when the hover text above the Bull turns brown. The Cow will become pregnant once every 9 days, when within 5m of a Bull of the same type. One Bull can make 5 Cows pregnant within the 5m range. Once the Cow is pregnant with the first baby the Cow will also start to produce milk every 24 hours. Babies are ready to collect when the hover text above the cow turns blue, and milk will be ready to collect when the hover text turns yellow. The DFS Bull and Cow’s level of meat depends on the age and happiness of the Bull at the time of slaughter. To gain the maximum meat, you must wait until day 21 or later, and use DFS Animal Protein to raise the happiness to 81% or higher, before slaughtering.
Instructions on how to care for the DFS Bull and Cow:
While wearing the DFS HUD, and the DFS Brush, you will need to click the DFS Bull, where you will see one of the following options: SETTINGS, RENAME, BRUSH, EXIT, WASTE, MILK, BIRTH or SLAUGHTER.
To care for the DFS Bull and Cow, you will need to select BRUSH, Hover over the item with mouse pointer until you see the ‘Sit’ icon *Left-click to sit on it. You may need to toggle your AO if it doesn’t animate you Click ‘Care’ to complete the action and costs 5 Energy. This will increase the happiness by 20%, to a maximum of 80% (unless using Animal Protein). If you bring the happiness percentage to 80% (or 100% with animal protein), your avatar will automatically stand.
You will need DFS Animal Protein to reach 81% or higher. It is best to give protein after 21 days or more, just before selecting slaughter. To give the DFS Animal protein, place the protein near the DFS Animal, click the animal and select PROTEIN from the menu. The animal will consume the protein, and the Happiness stat will gain 20%, and will be able to be increased higher than 80%.
Brushing will take you to a limit of 80% happiness. On a daily basis, you only need to bring the animal to 80%, unless you are ready to slaughter the animal. The animal will lose 40% every 24 hours, so the animal will stay alive for 48 hours, from being taken to 80% happiness. Animals can be taken into inventory, when the clock will stop until you rez your animals again.
The DFS Bull and Cow need a DFS Water Trough, and DFS Hay Bale within 10m, to keep their Hunger and Thirst stats at or near 100%. The animals will eat and drink throughout the day automatically, however, it is a good idea to monitor your animals’ food and water, to ensure it is always available, and that Second Life has not glitched. (For DFS Hay growth information, please see seed information.) DFS Hay can also be purchased at the Main Store, or at the various markets.
Cow and Bull Feeding information:
One DFS Hay Bale (100) should last for around one week for a cow/bull.
Cow/Bulls will eat/drink when hunger/thirst starts going under 90.