Killing cows and tanning cowhide

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Killing cows and tanning cowhide
RequirementsKilling cows.png
Skills
Combat level 20+ recommended
Items
Fast level 20+ equipment
Quest
Prince Ali Rescue strongly recommended
Other
None
Results
ProfitExperience gained
86,775 Combat level 10,400
Hitpoints 3,458
Inputs (325)Outputs (87,100)
325 × Coins.png Coins (325)325 × Leather.png Leather (87,100)
The recommended place to kill cows.

Level 2 cows in Lumbridge have 8 Hitpoints and always drop cowhide. Using any decent weapon, players are fairly likely to kill them in one hit. The recommended place to kill cows is at the Lumbridge cow field. It is most efficient to kill one cow, then another, and then loot the first cow's hide. This is faster than waiting for the first one to die. Once you have 27 cowhide, travel to Ellis in north-western Al Kharid (completion of the Prince Ali Rescue quest is recommended so that players do not have to pay to travel between Lumbridge and Al Kharid), who will tan them into hard leather for 3 coins each. Run further south to the Al Kharid bank, bank the leather, run back to the cow field, and repeat.

The attack speed of the player's weapon will be the main factor determining the player's kills per hour – a level 20 player with a mithril scimitar will kill them nearly as fast as a player with high level equipment. Players should be able to fairly consistently get over 300 cowhide (and thus hard leather) per hour.

For players who intend to use either Magic or Ranged, it is highly recommended to equip a weapon with decent accuracy that minimises ammunition use (e.g. air battlestaff, willow shortbow).

At times, it may be better to make soft leather instead – hard leather is worth 244, while soft leather is worth 268.

Players can also farm the raw beef from the cows. The beef can be cooked into sinew for three Cooking experience each, then wound into crossbow strings for 15 Crafting experience each and sold on the Grand Exchange for 235 coins each. The Lumbridge castle has a range, spinning wheel, and bank in it, making it possible to farm up to 100-200 strings per hour whilst also getting multiple kinds of experience.

Alternatively one could kill cows and collect their hides at Falador farm, bank the hides in Falador bank, then when enough hides are collected make the trip to Ellis.

Additionally, if a player is not interested in tanning hides, it is at times equally profitable to kill cows, take their hide, bones, and raw beef, and bank it at the Falador East Bank. At higher attack/strength levels with a rune scimitar, roughly 25 trips per hour can be completed. Totally, the player could collect 250 hides, 225 bones, and 225 raw beef, which are worth 41,250, 14,850, and 13,950 respectively.


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