I couldn’t come up with a good idea about what to blog about today so I went to the Dairy Carrie facebook page and asked for ideas on what to blog about. Natasha wanted to know about the whole cows have 4 stomachs thing and that got my gears turning about all the random things about cows that most people probably don’t know. Sounds like a great blog post to me!
Cows DO NOT have 4 stomachs.
They have one stomach with 4 compartments. The Rumen, Reticululum, Abomasum and Omasum are where the feed that a cow eats is digested. This little fact is important to remember when you hear someone say that cow’s can’t digest corn. A cow’s stomach is a lean, mean, feed digesting machine!. If you want to know more about what cows eat check this out.
Cows vurp, a lot.
Vurp: to burp and vomit at the same time.
Sounds gross but it’s just how a cow does it’s thing. A cow will eat it’s food and then as part of the digestive process it will regurgitate that food and chew it some more. It’s called “cud”.
Cows only have teeth on the bottom, kinda.
Yep it’s true, a cow doesn’t have teeth on the top… at least in front. They do have upper and lower molars in the back of their mouths used for grinding up what they eat. Calves are born with their teeth already in place and they are sharp!
Cows are pregnant for 9 months.
Calves take the same amount of time to bake as human babies. On most dairy farms we have cows that calve all year round. Some dairy farms and almost all beef farms calve seasonally. This means that calves are only born in spring or fall.
Cows get up back end first.
A horse has to get up with it’s front end first. A cow has to get up with it’s hind end first. When farmers work with builders to design buildings for cattle they have to keep things like that in mind so that they design comfortable stalls for cows to get in and out of. Cow comfort is a huge deal to dairy farmers. So much in fact that we even have people that research and develop new ideas and ways of doing things that increase cow comfort. (If you are a dairy farmer reading this I highly suggest clicking on that link!!!!)