The farm animals have been in the game for years & they deserve their own update! Maybe you guys could re-skin them, by re-skin I don't mean completely alter their appearance but maybe do a few touch ups like how you guys updated the villagers without completely changing them. I also wanted to touch on a topic on a post I made ages ago.
I think it would be a great idea to also add male/dominant/leader variants for the farm animals
They could travel in herds with the animal of the same species and could defend the females if you get to close to a baby, injure a member in their herd, or try to take an animal from their herd. However you could also tame and ride them and have them attack mobs once they're tamed (like riding a horse that can attack at the same time). I was thinking:
Ram for sheep
Bull/ox for cows
Rooster for chickens
Stallion for horses
And maybe an alpha wolf or something for wolves
Also since they are "males" you must have a male & female to breed.
I think this would be a cool mechanic to bring to the game, and would add all sorts of new challenges for the players. I personally like the animals and it seems like the players take advantage of them so maybe it would be fun to add a new challenge. These mobs could be considered neutral unless you do one of the things I mentioned above. Maybe the males could be a different color or pattern and could be bigger or something.
Lmk what you guys think