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Grain, including corn, barley, wheat, soybean, and rye, is an unnatural diet for cattle. Cattle have evolved to be able to efficiently digest a forage-based diet of grass and hay. When fed a grain diet, besides the benefits of increased weight gain before slaughter and boosting milk production in dairy cows, the bad often outweigh the good, as I mentioned above. When the bad outweigh the good, this means that a grain diet in cattle must be mixed with antibiotics and other additives to decrease the incidence of bloat and acidosis. When slaughtered, many animals that have undergone acidosis (acute and subacute) are found to have lesions or abcesses in their livers. Livers then have to be thrown away, as they are not suitable for food production. Trace amounts of antibiotics can also be found in meat from an animal that has been on a grain-fed diet.

Corn, which is quite high in starch, protein, and carbohydrates like many grains are, is considered a "hot ration" for cattle, and is digested very quickly in the rumen. This quick digestion is often too fast, resulting in maladies like acidosis and bloat. When any of these things happen, most often the animal goes down fairly quickly and dies just as fast. Acute acidosis is the main cause of death in many feedlot and corn-fed dairy cattle, and occurs when the body is overwhelmed with the spike in acid production in the rumen. Those that don't succumb to acute acidosis wander aimlessly around or cannot get up; after they are treated (with thiamine), they can also get what is called chronic acidosis, among other maladies like founder, bloat, and polio. Founder (inflamation of the laminae in the hooves) is often a precursor to acute acidosis, resulting in permanent lameness in the animal. Feed-tested bulls commonly have this problem more than any other animal on a grain-based diet. Bloat is another main cause of death and concern for cattle that have eaten a grain ration; bloat happens when protein digestion in the rumen goes hay-wire, resulting in froth or bubbles of gas that constantly build up in the rumen and are unable to be released through belching. It is often caused by feeding too much grain too soon, and if not treated quickly, the distended rumen, expanding all the time with the digestion of starch, protein and CHO, puts pressure on the lungs to the point where the animal suffocates and dies. Bloat is also found to be a precursor to acidosis. Polio (polioencephalomaladia) is a neurological disease that is often a result of a deficiency of thiamine. Thiaminase, an enzyme that breaks down and "uses" thiamine, is often put into high gear when the animal is digesting a high-grain ration which decreases the pH level in the rumen. Hence polio is also linked to acidosis in grain-fed cattle.
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Do cows eat corn to make the milk taste good?

Answer . No. They eat corn because corporations have discovered that they can fatten a cow up much faster and cheaper with corn than with grass (which is their natural food). This means that these corporations can produce a lot more meat, but it also means that the cows won't be as healthy and th (MORE)

Do cows eat corn?

Yes, but not all cows are fed corn; those cattle that are raised where corn is scarce are fed barley or oats. Corn and other grains are primarily fed to finishing cattle in feedlots to fatten them up in less space of time than it takes them to fatten up on grass in the pasture. Though pasture finish (MORE)

Can people eat cow corn?

Yes, but it doesn't taste nearly as good as sweet corn, thealtogether different cultivar of corn specifically grown for humanconsumption.

Does cow corn cause farts?

Answer . It depends on if you are eating with a Mxican, if so than you are likely to fart so much the peoples heads behind you may in fact blow up. If not then the same might happen to a greater degree. If you eat with a blond your stomach will pop out of your body and kill you in your sleep. No (MORE)

What is cow corn?

"Cow Corn" or animal feed is simply corn that is harvested later than sweet corn. "Cow Corn" is then dried and used for animal feed, or used in ethanol. Field corn is a far less sweet for of corn and is not the same as sweet corn. It has more carbohydrates and is grown differently. Most corn will (MORE)

Is cow corn good?

No, cow corn isn't good as far as palatability is concerned (atleast for human consumers, not cows: cows will readily eat "cowcorn"). It is less better to eat than sweet corn, specificallycreated by plant breeders to meet the consumer demand for corn andits various derivatived products found on your (MORE)

Cows eat corn and other grains?

Yes, cows will eat corn and other grains.. They naturally eat only grass, although will also eat growing cereals if they can gain access to a field of a standing crop. They do eat (and enjoy) ground wheat or barley with ground beans/soya beans.

Is corn good for cows?

Corn is great as an energy supplement if their current ration isn'tmeeting their energy requirements. Corn is mostly energy and littleprotein, so it serves as such to help cows (and bulls) gain weightif they are underweight, increase reproductive efficiency, increaseproduction (as in meat and milk), (MORE)

What shouldn't you eat?

Well, I wouldn't advise eating rat poop.. I assume you're asking about nutrition, but this is a really vague question. Don't eat things that are unhealthy for you, like "junk" food with empty calories that just make you fat. Don't eat things that are dangerous to eat. Don't eat things that trigger (MORE)

Is it best to grind corn for a cow?

Often, yes. Grinding or milling--or even rolling--exposes thestarch granules and breaks the protein matrix in the starchcomponent of the corn grain making it much easier for the rumenmicrobes to digest and obtain nutrients from. However, grindingcorn too fine can reduce palatability and chewing time (MORE)

Is corned beef from a cow or a pig?

Corned beef is a very popular dish that can be prepared many ways.It is especially common around Saint Patrick's day. Corned beefcomes from a cow.

Would you receive more energy from corn by eating it direcly or by eating the same mass of beef from a cow that had been fed on corn?

The latter. Corn eaten as a meal, be it corn-on-the-cob or as a side-dish, can only give a person (human) so much energy and nutrients; basically it mostly acts as a gut-filler and not much else. We can get some protein and energy from it, but it doesn't stay in the stomach and get digested as thoro (MORE)

How do you prepare Cow Corn for eating?

ok.. what is cow corn? I have made corn for decades... Can we assume field corn? For cattle, we let it dry before collecting. Around 12% is awesome. For humans, we do not eat field corn.

How many ears on cow corn?

One "cow corn" plant--more properly called fieldcorn --plant will often have two to three ears on it.

Why are cows fed corn?

Cows are fed corn because often it is produced in excess to whatconsumers want and what the ethanol industry can use. It is alsodue to government subsidies that are in place for corn producers,making prices for corn as a feedstuff much cheaper than if therewere no subsidies for corn production. With (MORE)

Why will my Hereford cow will not eat corn?

It depends on what you're currently feeding your cow, and whetherthat cow is indeed a cow (as in a mature female bovine), or thecolloquial version of a "cow," where you may be instead referringto a steer, heifer or calf. The dominating reason that your cow (or "cow") is not eating cornis because sh (MORE)

Why do you need to feed cows corn?

Cows do not eat corn in their natuaral diet. They eat grass. Cows are being fed corn because it is cheap and plentiful. Because corn is not a natural food for cows, they need help digesting it and are fed antibiotics to keep their digestion healthy.

How many bushels of corn does a cow eat in a year?

Many cows in the world will eat zero bushels per year per head.Cows in the states fed a supplement of corn may only consume fiveto ten bushels of corn a year per head. Still others that are in aintensive commercial operation may eat anywhere from 50 to 200bushels of corn per year, if not more, and d (MORE)

Can guinea pigs eat cow corn?

No a guinea pig cannot eat cow corn!!! If you try to feed a guinea pig cow corn it will immediately die so no a guinea pig cannot eat cow corn!

How does eating corn-fed cows effect humans?

Corn-fed beef is often deemed as unhealthy, since it is high in saturated fats and low in omega-3s. Corn-fed beef is often blamed for increased obesity in people as well as heart disease and diabetes.

Can cows survive on corn?

If you are referring to corn as in grain corn, no. This is an unnatural diet for cattle, and this can be seen when feedlot managers have to mix in antibiotics with the feed to prevent the cows from getting acidosis or bloat when on a corn diet. Corn, like any grain fed to cattle, is too high in star (MORE)

Can a cow digest corn?

A cow can digest corn, but it's not the cow you're actuallyfeeding, but rather the microbes in the cow's rumen. They are theones that will break down the starch and cellulose found in cornand make it more usable for the cow as an energy source.

Are cows fed corn in their diet?

It depends on where these cows live. If they live in the United States, yes. Anywhere's else, there's a much higher chance they are fed something else; grass, hay, silage, barley, oats, etc.

Why not feed people corn to cows?

You certainly can feed sweet corn ("people corn") to cattle, but farmers don't because it doesn't yield nearly as much as field corn (dent corn). Most cattle feedlots operate on a tight enough margin that they need to feed the least expensive corn they can get, and that's not as cheap as it used to (MORE)

Is to much corn bad for a cow?

Yes. A 100% corn diet will cause severe bloating, acidosis and founder in cows, all of which need human intervention to be treated. Corn is not a natural diet for cows, so forage must be fed along with the grain, like hay or silage, to aid in proper digestion.

Is eating corn bad for cows?

If you mean cows eating corn, then yes, but only if the cows are on a 100% corn ration. However, if you mean if we eat corn, then no because we're eating the corn and the cows get to eat grass.

Do they take the corn out of the cows stomach?

Please be more specific: Who is "they" and why would "they" takecorn out of a cow's stomach? Are you referring to the methodologyto which the digestibility of a feedstuff is tested using acannulated cow (which is called "in vitro" feed testing) orsomething else entirely, such as bloat? It is difficu (MORE)

Is corn healthy for cows to eat?

It is and it isn't. Corn is a high-energy feedstuff (not asignificant source of protein, unless it's a by-product of theethanol industry in the form of distiller's grains) that isall-too-commonly used by the beef and dairy industry as a primarysource of energy in a beef or dairy ration, which aids i (MORE)

Can cows eat corn husks?

They certainly can! However, the question for some is notnecessarily if they can, but if they will. Past experience witheating such material often determine if those cows will actuallydig in or simply turn up their noses and refuse to eat it.

What percent of cow feed is corn?

It depends on the class and breed of animals you are referring to,and the availability of corn to a producer. Some producers willhave no corn in the feed for cattle, others will have 85% corn inthe ration for their animals (particularly if they're feedlotcattle). Dairy cows, which are lactating, wil (MORE)

Is corn good for a dairy cow?

It is in a total mixed ration (TMR) and when limit-fed; it is alsogood since commercial dairy cows are selectively bred so that theirenergy requirements often exceed the best quality forage they canbe fed. Corn must be supplied regularly as a supplement to meetsuch high energy needs from a lactating (MORE)

What is the word for cow corn?

Usually it's called "field corn." It's a cultivar of corn grown predominantly for livestock feed, but also for ethanol production.

Should cows eat corn?

Not as a staple diet, no. However, you should feed a bovine corn or any other grain if you want to make it gain weight or need to fatten it up before slaughter. Grain is also a good supplemental feed if your hay is poorer quality than you wanted it to be, or if your cow is lactating during a time of (MORE)

Why are grass eating cows fed corn?

It's a way to boost their energy demands and make them gain weight or produce higher-quality milk better. It could also be due to the fact that the grass is losing nutritional value and the cows need to be supplemented with corn. Additionally, cows that are "hard-keepers" or do not gain or produce w (MORE)

Is corn good nutrition for a cow?

It is if the feed or ration they are fed or pasture they aregrazing is not meeting their energy requirements. This way, corn isfed merely as a supplement, not as a feed. However, corn shouldn'tbe so heavily relied on because an excess of it can cause variousproblems such as foamy bloat, acidosis, li (MORE)

How much corn silage does a bred cow eat?

A cow will always consume 2.5% of her body weight in dry matter ration no matter what she's fed. For this question we will need the moisture content and the weight of this bred cow for us to be able to make an accurate estimation as to how much she will eat in as-fed lb/day values.

How much corn silage does 1 beef cow eat per day?

All depends on what size the cow is and whether she's terribly thin or overly fat. Maintenance dry matter requirements per day is 2.5% of her body weight. If she's lactating it'll be 4.5% of her body weight. If she's thin and needs to gain weight it'll be around that percentage or 3 to 3.5% of her b (MORE)

How does a cow use energy from corn?

Actually, it's not the cow that directly uses the energy from thecorn she is fed, but rather it's the microbes in her rumen thathave access to it first. Microbes use the energy--in the form ofstarch, which is made up of carbohydrate--for growth andreproduction and to convert carbohydrates into volat (MORE)

Why is it bad for cow to have corn?

It's not all that bad, at least not how some people make it. Corn is a grain that is good to use for those animals that need it, or that can't get enough energy from the hay or grass they eat. Corn is a great supplement for just that, especially for those who want to raise dairy cattle for meat or a (MORE)

How do cows eat corn and turn it into milk?

Such processes are often too complex and involved to mention onsuch a website. However, a nutshell explaination can be had. Dairy cows aren't fed just corn: they are also fed silage, hay, andother by-products and supplements to meet all of their nutritionalrequirements in order to achieve maximum m (MORE)

What do you do if a cow eats too much ground corn?

Just keep an eye on her to see if she bloats up or not. You willnotice a bulge on the upper left side behind the ribs if she isbloating. If there's no sign of that, then don't worry too much. Ifshe's got access to roughage (like hay), she should be fine. But,as mentioned above, keep an eye on her an (MORE)

What happens to cows that are fed corn?

Corn is traditionally used to "finish" cows slated for market. It gives them a nice layer of fat. Of course, corn can be given to cows for other reasons. It is part of the daily supplement given to hard working dairy cows, and it is given to calves in the heat of summer to keep them eating.