I've recently heard that cows have a similar social structure to elephants with a dominant female who holds a lot of influence. Farmers can apparently use this to their advantage, knowing which cow is "in charge". A friend of mine described how his wife's family kept a specific cow for years because she made managing the herd a lot easier. And my own observations of my local cow herd definitely implies that there is one cow who is braver than the rest and most of the herd clusters round her.
The dominant female in elephant herds is the matriarch.
- (Breeds) a sheep that leads the herd, often bearing a bell
I'd like to know, what is the word for the chief cow? Is the chief cow referred to as the matriarch, similar to elephants? This would make sense given the cow/bull/calf terms also used for both elephants and cattle, but I can't find a reference that says this definitively.
Since it's a single word request, here's the sample sentence:
"Don't mess with that cow, she's the ________."