Fun Facts about Cows
How well do you know one of the most popular farm animals, the cow? We know they provide around 500 million metric tons of milk to the World each year. Besides their ability to produce milk, did you know:
- The main stomach of a cow, the rumen, holds up to 50 gallons of food that has been partially digested. This is just one of the 4 digestive compartments in a cow’s stomach. The other three compartments are the reticulum, the omasum and the abomasum.
- Cows have the ability to see nearly 360 degrees. This allows them to watch for predators from all angles. Despite this amazing vision, cows don’t see well straight in front of them, which is why they may turn their head to look at you.
- Like other mammals, cows have an acute sense of smell. A cow can detect odors up to six miles away!
- Cows have no upper front teeth. When they are eating food, they press their sharp bottom teeth against the hard top palate in their mouth to cut blades of grass. That’s a lot of work, considering a cow can chew for up to eight hours a day, and move their jaws about 40,000 times per day
- Cows are considered herbivores because their diet consists of mainly plants. Grass and grain make up the majority of a cow’s diet.
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Sources: 27 Amazing Factor About Cows That Will Impress Your Friends (https://www.clovermeadowsbeef.com/amazing-facts-about-cows)